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 By Robert Connors    News

Lakeshore Club Villas May Qualify for Federal Infrastructure Funds

An initiative by Congressman Darren Soto may bring help for a problematic sewer system that may be polluting surface waters. Rep. Soto was involved in the passage of the INVERT... — Updated 1/17/2022

 
 By Robert Connors    News

Lake Wales Observes Martin Luther King Jr. Day With Events

Congressman Darren Soto, Mayor Eugene Fultz, Deputy Mayor Robin Gibson and other elected officials were among speakers presenting Monday as Lake Wales marks the national holiday of... — Updated 1/17/2022

 
 By Robert Connors    News 

US 27 Closure to Impact Traffic This Weekend

The impending 54-hour closure of US 27 is expected to snarl traffic throughout the city for an entire weekend, but Florida Department of Transportation planners are taking steps to... — Updated 1/12/2022

 
 By Robert Connors    News

City To Expand Again With Large Voluntary Annexations

The ongoing transition of the Lake Wales area from broad tracts of citrus to new housing projects is taking another leap forward as two prominent citrus families have proposed... — Updated 1/12/2022

 
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Six Candidates Remain in Charter School Superintendent Search

Six candidates for superintendent of Lake Wales Charter Schools are still under consideration following the latest meeting of the ten-member search committee, according to... — Updated 1/11/2022

 
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Lake Wales Airport Seeing Significant Growth, Improvements

With growth in Lake Wales expected to accelerate in coming years, Lake Wales Airport is staying ahead of the curve, and plans are being laid for further improvements, according to... — Updated 1/9/2022

 
 By Robert Connors    News

"Traffic-geddon" Coming To Lake Wales as US 27 Closing Causes Detours

An unprecedented closing of US 27 will snarl traffic through Lake Wales in mid-January, routing traffic from the busy corridor along several area streets and highways. The Florida... — Updated 1/9/2022

 
 By Robert Connors    News

KT Sunshine Festival is This Weekend in Lake Wailes Park

The inspiration of a shortened life is raining sunshine on many others as a result of the efforts of local resident Ginny Castle. Castle, who's daughter KT died after being struck... — Updated 1/9/2022

 
 By Robert Connors    News

Actions by City, FDOT Open New Potential Apartment Site on Twin Lakes

A large tract of vacant land fronting upon Twin Lakes is now primed for development, thanks to a street redesign as part of the SR 60 bridge project. Lake Wales City Commissioners a... — Updated 1/7/2022

 
 By Robert Connors    News

City, Walesbilt Developers Open Negotiations With a "Productive" Meeting

A proposed multi-million dollar rehabilitation and redevelopment of the eleven-story Walesbilt Hotel in downtown Lake wales crept closer to reality Tuesday as representatives of a... — Updated 1/6/2022

 
 By Robert Connors    News

City Commission Agrees To Negotiate Hotel Deal Under Deadline

With a promise to hold a special meeting if needed, Lake Wales City Commissioners agreed Tuesday evening to enter negotiations with a development consortium hoping to rehabilitate... — Updated 1/5/2022

 
 By Robert Connors    News

Work Progresses On Historic Restoration Project

Those who appreciate the unique qualities of the Florida Boom Era architecture that has long identified Lake Wales will be pleased to see that one building in the historic district... — Updated 12/28/2021

 

New City Communications Director Hopes to Reach More Citizens

Communications and information about City of Lake Wales activities and services should be easier to find, as a result of the hiring of Marketing and Communications Director Eric... — Updated 12/28/2021

 

U.S. Screen Corporation Expanding Into Commerce and Technology Park

Business is booming for many local enterprises, no less so for Lake Wales entrepreneur Chad Riedel, who grown his operations beyond the capacity of several facilities since... — Updated 12/22/2021

 
 By Robert Connors    News

High-Speed Fiber Optic Internet Coming to Lake Wales

In a long-awaited development, Lake Wales is slated to begin receiving direct fiber-optics residential Internet service beginning in 2022. Fiber optics uses light rather than... — Updated 12/22/2021

 
 By Robert Connors    News

Future Transportation Maps Show Course of New Parkway Through Lake Wales

Population growth on the US 27 corridor has led transportation planners to plot the future course of an "alternate" route that will parallel the busy inter-regional highway. The... — Updated 12/22/2021

 
 By Robert Connors    News

Is Walesbilt Hotel Project On Verge of Success?

A Walesbilt Hotel redevelopment project is "within 90 days of having a firm loan commitment," according to Michael H. Frost, president of Buena Vista Hospitality Group, Inc.... — Updated 12/21/2021

 
 By Robert Connors    News

Still More Details Emerge of Walesbilt Hotel Redevelopment Deal

Details of the pending redevelopment of the Walesbilt Hotel continue to emerge as members of the development team prepare to share plans with the City Commission at Tuesday's... — Updated 12/21/2021

 
 By Robert Connors    News

City Commission To Consider Suit To Regain Walesbilt Hotel

The long-delayed resolution of the contract between the City of Lake Wales, the Community Redevelopment Agency and Walesbilt Hotel owner Ray Brown may be heading to a concluding... — Updated 12/20/2021

 
 By Robert Connors    News

City Commissioners Wrestle With Growth Challenges in Workshop

The challenge of managing the wave of new development proposed for Lake Wales was the topic of a two-hour workshop for city commissioners Friday afternoon, with the prospect for... — Updated 12/20/2021

 
 By Robert Connors    News

County Approves Subdivision Near Timberlane Road

More than 20 acres of forest along the west side of Timberlane Road will become a single-family home subdivision over the objections of many neighbors after the Polk County... — Updated 12/17/2021

 
 By Robert Connors    News

Superintendent Candidate Field Narrows to Eight

The field of candidates seeking the helm of the Lake Wales Charter Schools got a bit smaller this week as two of the remaining candidates have withdraw their applications. The... — Updated 12/15/2021

 

New Museum Curator Enjoys "Touching History"

"Getting back to museum basics" was a large part of the motivation that moved Anderson Hanna, former director of the Heritage Museum of Northwest Florida, to apply for what might... — Updated 12/13/2021

 
 By Robert Connors    News

Charter School Superintendent Search Enters Next Phase

The long-vacant position of leadership at the helm of the Lake Wales Charter Schools is a step closer to be filled after the Superintendent Search Committee reduced the original... — Updated 12/10/2021

 
 By Robert Connors    News

Historic Building Restoration Leads to Mystery

A mystery that may require a good memory to solve has emerged from the ongoing restoration work being performed on a downtown building. The two-story masonry structure located at... — Updated 12/8/2021

 

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