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 By Robert Connors    News 

Lake Wales Area "Dodges a Bullet" As Hurricane Ian Passes

Downed trees, power outages, and significant flooding were the primary impacts of Hurricane Ian locally. No deaths or injuries were reported to local authorities. The storm weakened... — Updated 10/1/2022

 
 By Robert Connors    News 

WEDNESDAY 5:00 PM UPDATE: IAN CARRIES 140 MPH WINDS AS IT HEADS TOWARD LAKE WALES AFTER LANDFALL

WEDNESDAY 5:00 PM UPDATE: NOAA Doppler radar imagery indicates that the eye of Ian has made landfall on the mainland southwest Florida peninsula just south of Punta Gorda near... — Updated 10/1/2022

 
 By Robert Connors    News 

TUESDAY 8:00 PM UPDATE - Hurricane Ian Predicted to Strike Lake Wales

TUESDAY 8:00 PM UPDATE: Hurricane Ian has continued to deepen as it moves toward Florida and model trends continue to shift the track toward the east, bringing the center of... — Updated 9/28/2022

 
 By Robert Connors    News

Lake Wales Area Expected to Experience Direct Impact of Hurricane Ian

UPDATE: Hurricane Ian has continued its trek toward Florida, now with 125 MPH winds. Further intensification is expected during the next 24 hours. The storm is now a Category Three,... — Updated 9/28/2022

 
 By Robert Connors    News 

Hurricane Shelters Limited in Polk, Here's the List of Locations

There are no shelters designated to open in the Lake Wales area, according to Polk County and Polk School System officials. No explanation has been offered for that situation.... — Updated 9/27/2022

 
 By Robert Connors    News

Monday Land Use Meeting CANCELLED

UPDATE: Due to the anticipated arrival of storm-force winds this week, the City of Lake Wales has cancelled the Land Use Study Workshop planned for tonight (Monday). Also cancelled... — Updated 9/27/2022

 
 By Robert Connors    News

NO Hurricane Shelters Available Across Southeast Polk County

As Hurricane Ian threatens Florida and the Lake Wales area, Polk County has announced that thirteen shelters will be opened across the county, None are in Lake Wales. The only... — Updated 9/26/2022

 
 By Robert Connors    News

Three New Restaurants Planned For Growing US 27 Corridor

While two independently owned and operated new restaurants are planned for opening on Highway 60, including Locorrito and Brake Burger Garage, and two more are planned to open on... — Updated 9/22/2022

 
 By Robert Connors    News

Bok Tower Garden's Olmsted Landscapes Receive $500,000 Grant

A $500,000 grant to Bok Tower Gardens for "Saving the Olmstedian Landscape Gardens at Mountain Lake Sanctuary – Lake Wales" has been announced by the National Park Service (NPS).... — Updated 9/22/2022

 
 By Robert Connors    News

US 27 Closure This Weekend Promises Traffic Headaches

Traffic around the Lake Wales area will be snarled again this weekend as US 27 will be closed at the SR 60 overpass construction site all weekend. The closure of the busy federal... — Updated 9/22/2022

 
 By Robert Connors    News

Lake Wales' Southern Expansion Reaches Blue Lake Area

The steady expansion of city limits is expected to continue at Tuesday's Lake Wales city commission meeting when the board will consider the annexation of 67.73 acres of land south... — Updated 9/15/2022

 
 By Robert Connors    News

Lake Wales Stakes Claim to Exclusive "Utility Service Area"

In a further plan to facilitate the growth of the City of Lake Wales, city commissioners are poised to adopt an exclusive utility service area ordinance intended to keep... — Updated 9/15/2022

 

Locorrito Expected to Lead Wave of New Restaurant Openings in Lake Wales

A spurt of new restaurant development will soon be offering a wider range of choices for Lake Wales residents. The growing list has risen to seven new food and beverage outlets.... — Updated 9/15/2022

 
 By Robert Connors    News

City Utility May Offer Lower Electric Rates, Commissioners Told

A significant lowering of electric rates for Lake Wales could result if city commissioners decide to create their own municipal utility, according to a local attorney, Rudy Engholm... — Updated 9/11/2022

 

New Dyer Chevrolet Ribbon Cutting Draws a Crowd

More than eighty community and business leaders were in attendance this week as the Dyer family celebrated the grand opening of their second new auto dealership across from the... — Updated 9/6/2022

 
 By Robert Connors    Fun

Today Only, Regal Eagle Ridge 12 Offers $3 Movies

A one-day only chance to catch some great entertainment for a $3 ticket price happens today, Saturday, September 3 as the Eagle Ridge Mall Regal Cinemas 12 participate in National... — Updated 9/4/2022

 
 By Robert Connors    News

New Restaurants Attracted by CRA Incentive Grants

Two new restaurants are being developed in the historic districts of Lake Wales, and both are receiving inducements from a special grant program. "Smokin' DJ's" anticipates opening... — Updated 9/3/2022

 
 By Robert Connors    News

SR 60 Bridge Project to Require Another Closure of US 27

Another weekend of detours and traffic snarls for Lake Wales drivers will take place in mid-September as contractors raise nine enormous steel I-beams that will soon be bearing... — Updated 9/3/2022

 
 By Robert Connors    News

New Roundabout Construction to Cause Month-long Road Closure

Another traffic-delaying project is about to impact some motorists in the Lake Wales area. A roundabout project is now under construction at the intersection of Old Bartow-Lake... — Updated 9/2/2022

 
 By Robert Connors    News

$117 Million Capital Improvements Plan Eyed by Lake Wales Commission

Major improvements to a wide variety of city facilities are included in the new Five Year Capital Improvements Plan (CIP) being considered for adoption by the Lake Wales City... — Updated 8/31/2022

 
 By Robert Connors    News

Lake Wales Police K-9, Violent Felon Killed in Exchange of Gunfire

A convicted felon and a Lake Wales Police Department canine were killed in a shooting in Lake Wales Wednesday morning. Ernest Borders, 57, was killed in the exchange of gunfire... — Updated 8/20/2022

 
 By Robert Connors    News

New "Mobility Fee" Approved to Address Cost of New Development

Faced with a expected wave of new development after approving more than a dozen new housing projects in less than a year, the Lake Wales City Commission on Tuesday unanimously... — Updated 8/20/2022

 
 By Robert Connors    News

18th Anniversary of Hurricane Charley Passes Quietly

Saturday, August 13 marked the 18th anniversary of the most destructive hurricane to strike Lake Wales in recent memory, and thankfully the tropics remain quiet so far. Only a weak... — Updated 8/13/2022

 
 By Robert Connors    News

Lake Wales Property Values Jump $67 Million, Surpass $1 Billion

As the City of Lake Wales and Polk County prepare to finalize their annual budgets and set tax rates for the new fiscal year, both are benefitting from a substantial rise in... — Updated 8/5/2022

 
 By Robert Connors    News

Lake Wales Residents Should Remain Prepared for Active Hurricane Season

While the 2022 Hurricane Season has so far seemed quiet from our vantage point in Lake Wales, weather forecasters are warning that this is expected to be an above average season.... — Updated 8/4/2022

 

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