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 By Robert Connors    News

Historic Building Restoration Project Underway Downtown

A detailed project to restore the original windowed façade to a 100-year-old building is underway as workers begin the meticulous work of chipping away hundreds of square feet of... — Updated 11/22/2021

 By Robert Connors    News

Business Incubator Construction Proposed for Downtown

A multi-million-dollar effort to create a three story building to host start-up businesses will receive the consideration of the Lake Wales Community Redevelopment Agency Tuesday... — Updated 11/16/2021

 By Tom Paulson    News
photo of the front of the new ice cream shop

CRA Restaurant Incentive Grant Attracts New Ice Cream Outlet Downtown

Riding on the success of his downtown seafood restaurant, Steve Manwell has big plans to add an ice cream shop just across the street. That idea received a solid boost this week.... — Updated 10/20/2021


Charter Schools Arrange $1M Loan to Restore Old School

A million-dollar second mortgage will fund the renovation of the original 1919 Lake Wales school building into new classroom space under action taken by the Lake Wales Charter... — Updated 10/19/2021

 By Tom Paulson    News
a aerial view of a renovated downtown Lake Wales

City Commission Adds 30-Year Extension to Life of CRA

A 30-year extension of the life of the Lake Wales Community Redevelopment Agency (CRA) will guarantee a continuing flow of revenue for community improvements, including street and... — Updated 10/13/2021

A reimagined First Street will be the goal of the Lake Wales Connected plan.

CRA Moves Forward With Major Bond Issue

The Lake Wales Community Redevelopment Agency took "first steps toward a pretty major transformation of Lake Wales" Wednesday evening, City Manager and CRA Executive Director James... — Updated 10/6/2021


At Age 97, A Home Rehab is An Unexpected Blessing

Ardella Green has been a resident of Lake Wales since 1942 and at 97 years old, she has gotten to the point in life that climbing up to fix the roof of her aging home on Alabama Str... — Updated 10/1/2021

 By Robert Connors    News

Federal Funds to Aid in Downtown Streetscape

The process of converting barren downtown streets into a shady pedestrian oasis got a financial boost as the City expects to receive a Federal grant. In a presentation to area citizens via an Internet link from Washington DC... — Updated 9/23/2021


CRA Contemplates $18.5 Million Bond Issue to Fund City Improvements

A bond issuance exceeding $18 million dollars is contemplated under an agreement being considered by the Lake Wales Community Redevelopment Agency (CRA) at their next meeting... — Updated 9/15/2021


Innovative "Pocket Neighborhood" Planned for Long-Vacant Scenic Highway Property

Twenty-four young oaks planted this week along South Scenic Highway in Lake Wales mark the first step in the development of a new "pocket neighborhood," being created by noted... — Updated 9/11/2021

 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

 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


City Awaiting Word Whether Governor Will Suspend City Commissioner

Lake Wales City Attorney Chuck Galloway has been tasked with trying to find out if Gov. Ron DeSantis plans to suspend City Commissioner Kris Fitzgerald from office pending the outco... — Updated 6/9/2021


Grants Available for Housing Repairs in Northwest Neighborhood

The Lake Wales City Commission, serving as the city's Community Redevelopment Agency, has set aside up to $68,000 for a new Legacy Housing Rehabilitation Program. This program is... — Updated 5/29/2021


MainStreet Launches New Logo and Brand

Lake Wales Main Street is proud to launch a vibrant new logo and brand. The rebranding initiative reflects the alignment with the revitalization of Downtown Lake Wales. The new... — Updated 5/29/2021


Affordable Housing Initiative Kicked Off with Groundbreaking May 1

Eleven shovels broke ground Saturday, May 1 to signal the ceremonial start of an affordable housing initiative in the city's northwest community. "I hope you feel as optimistic as... — Updated 5/6/2021


Commissioner Gibson Announces Plans to Run for Mayor in 2022

At the end of his last official meeting April 20, City Commissioner Curtis Gibson announced plans to run for Lake Wales mayor in 2022, saying he is "excited for new adventures."... — Updated 4/29/2021

 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


Taproom and Coffee House Opens Downtown

The Ranch Taproom and Coffeehouse in downtown Lake Wales officially opened April 16 with enthusiastic crowds and rave social media reviews. Owners Jessica Garrett and her mother,... — 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


City Adopts Framework to Offer Incentives to Redevelop Distressed Property

Lake Wales City Commissioners have adopted a new incentive program to encourage redevelopment or restoration of distressed properties. Commissioners earlier this month approved a... — Updated 4/1/2021


City Explores Legal Action to Take Back Historic Walesbilt Hotel

Lake Wales city commissioners at their March 16 meeting are expected to authorize legal action that could lead to the city taking back the historic Dixie Walesbilt Hotel. Also... — Updated 3/11/2021


Community Street Mural Project to be Completed Over Feb. 19-21 Weekend

Editor's Note: Due to expected rain, the opening ceremony has been moved to 9 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 20. Artist E.J. Nieves of Ocala will be painting a street mural over the Feb.... — Updated 2/19/2021


Local Attorney Sara Jones Kicks off Development in Northwest Business District

Lake Wales attorney Sara Jones has spent hundreds of hours volunteering to help redevelop the city's Northwest business district. On Tuesday Feb. 9 she took the first step to, as... — Updated 2/17/2021


Judge Gives Kebabjian More Time, Documents to Fight Seminole Hotel Foreclosure

Lake Wales city officials were hopeful the foreclosure sale of the historic Seminole Hotel would be ordered Feb. 12, but instead Circuit Judge Dana Moore agreed to allow current... — Updated 2/17/2021


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