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 By Robert Connors    News

New Brick Street Will Dress Up Park Avenue

The multi-million-dollar reconstruction of Park Avenue is proceeding close to schedule, as evidenced by the hard-working crews who have been seen laying the thousands of bricks... — Updated 9/27/2023


New Community Garden Almost Ready to Launch

An opportunity to produce fresh fruits and vegetables in the heart of a "food desert" has motivated a team of volunteers to plan the city's second community garden on a plot of... — Updated 9/16/2023

 By Robert Connors    News

Orange and Crystal Avenues to Receive Major Streetscape Facelifts

A million-dollar reconstruction of block-long stretches of Orange and Crystal Avenues is anticipated thanks to a federal grant and an intergovernmental agreement. The dramatic... — Updated 8/28/2023


New BizLINC Business Incubator Expected to Spur Economic Development

A new business incubator funded in large part by the City of Lake Wales was celebrated at a recent ribbon cutting featuring a host of government and business representatives. The... — Updated 8/5/2023


Business Incubator Opening August 1 With Ribbon Cutting

The re-growth of a business district in the heart of the Northwest Neighborhood is the goal of a $1.2 million investment of American Rescue funds by the City of Lake Wales to spur... — Updated 8/2/2023


Ken Suarez Comes to Lake Wales

A face and voice familiar to most Polk County residents will soon be sharing lots of information about Lake Wales as Ken Suarez begins his duties. No stranger to the camera, the... — Updated 7/14/2023

 By Robert Connors    News

West Park Avenue Begins to Emerge From Construction Chaos

Crews from Gomez Construction have made substantial progress on a block of West Park Avenue between First Street and Wetmore Street. The reconstruction is part of the $11.5 million... — Updated 7/11/2023


City Moves For Summary Judgement of "Fraud in the Inducement" to Reclaim Walesbilt Hotel

Lawyers for the city of Lake Wales are asking a circuit judge to rule that Ray Brown lied to city commissioners about his financing and progress in redeveloping the historic... — Updated 7/3/2023


Wednesday Public Information Expo Will Explain CRA Expansion

A proposal to add a huge swath of northern Lake Wales to the current Community Redevelopment District map will be the topic of a staffed public presentation at the Eagle Ridge Mall... — Updated 6/12/2023

 By Robert Connors    News

CRA Sale of Five Lots May Induce Construction of Ten New Affordable Housing Units

The sale of five lots owned by the Lake Wales Community Redevelopment Agency will spur the development of new affordable housing for workers and retirees. An agreement for the sale... — Updated 6/11/2023

 By Robert Connors    News

Thompson Resigns as Mainstreet Director as Lake Wales Connected Proceeds

May 12 - Long-time Lake Wales Main Street executive director Karen Thompson has announced her resignation. "I am excited about downtown Lake Wales' future and proud to have played... — Updated 5/17/2023


Robin Gibson Wins Re-election, Keith Thompson Wins Seat 3 Race for City Commission

Incumbent Deputy Mayor Robin Gibson easily turned back a challenge from Danielle Pride Gibson for his District 5 seat on the Lake Wales City Commission Tuesday. Michelle Threatt... — Updated 4/12/2023


Significant Ruling in Walesbilt Lawsuit Favors City of Lake Wales

The year-long lawsuit between plaintiffs the City of Lake Wales and defendants Dixie-Walesbilt LLC of Winter Haven has taken a significant turn. The future potential redevelopment... — Updated 4/12/2023


New Community Garden to Green Up Local "Food Desert"

An effort to green a "food desert" in the Northwest Neighborhood of Lake Wales will begin next week with the creation of a community garden on a city-owned lot on Dr. Martin Luther... — Updated 4/6/2023

 By Robert Connors    News

City Commission Gives Attorney "Unsatisfactory" Marks in Annual Review

It was a very unhappy group of Lake Wales City Commissioners who spent more than 45 minutes discussing their generally dismal evaluations of City Attorney Chuck Galloway Wednesday.... — Updated 4/1/2023

 By Robert Connors    News

West Park Avenue to Remain Closed for Lake Wales Connected Construction

Crews from Gomez Construction will be barricading a block of West Park Avenue between First Street and Wetmore Street on Monday, March 6 to begin the $11.5 million transformation of... — Updated 3/27/2023

 By Robert Connors    News

"State of the City" Good, Mayor Hilligoss Reports

An upbeat assessment of activities during the past year and a positive look toward the future was offered by Lake Wales Mayor Jack Hilligoss at the annual "State of the City"... — Updated 3/25/2023

 By Robert Connors    News

City Commission Meets "in the Shade" to Discuss Possible Settlement Terms for Walesbilt Hotel Lawsuit

A recent private meeting, held out of the reach of Florida's "Sunshine Law," allowed city commissioners and their legal counsel to discuss the ongoing mediation in their lawsuit see... — Updated 3/8/2023

 By Robert Connors    News

New Business Park Approved for Hunt Brothers Road

A new business park may eventually rise on newly-annexed land south of Hunt Brothers Road near Loves Travel Stop and the city's soccer complex on large parcels are currently in... — Updated 2/18/2023

 By Robert Connors    News

Crystal Lake Trail Project Drew Public Input, Support at Meeting

Balancing improved public access to the natural beauty of Crystal Lake Park with parking needs and traffic circulation and the effect upon views and wildlife drew a small crowd to a... — Updated 2/8/2023


Declining Housing Finds Help Through CRA Program

Obsolete and dilapidated housing within the Lake Wales Community Redevelopment District has been targeted by a housing improvement program, and as a result, many seniors living in... — Updated 2/7/2023

 By Robert Connors    News

Walesbilt Hotel Lawsuit Inches Forward

The long, seemingly endless tale of the Walesbilt Hotel continues to make its way toward an eventual settlement, although it's a process Walesbilt Hotel LLC seems determined to... — Updated 2/5/2023

 By Robert Connors    News

Reinvestment Bankers Find Much to Like During Tour of Lake Wales

An invitation to view and assess potential community investment opportunities in Lake Wales drew representatives from financial institutions looking for opportunities to invest in... — Updated 2/3/2023


Maggie Mae's Ice Cream Shop Adds to Growing Downtown Variety

A growing business community in downtown Lake Wales got a bit stronger this week. The official ribbon-cutting for Maggie Mae's Ice Cream Shop attracted a crowd of fans and... — Updated 2/3/2023

 By Robert Connors    News

Millions Could Flow to Lake Wales CRA if Expansion Plans Are Realized

In a step that could have enormous financial significance for decades to come, the Lake Wales Community Redevelopment Agency board has received a Finding of Necessity (FON) report f... — Updated 2/1/2023


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