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 By Robert Connors    News

Soto Seeks Grant to Support First Street Reconstruction

Efforts to re-imagine the urban core of Lake Wales as an attractive and shady pedestrian oasis filled with new businesses and restaurants continues to draw the support of both the... — Updated 6/26/2022

 
 By Robert Connors    News

CRA Withdraws Offer for "Clark's Corner," Balks at Environmental Study

Plans to create a "gateway" sign and landscaping on a parcel at the intersection of SR 60 and West Central Avenue are on hold after a preliminary environmental inspection revealed... — Updated 6/26/2022

 
 By Robert Connors    News

CRA Moving Forward With Bonds to Fund Connected Plan

Money to fund the extensive Lake Wales Connected plan has not been threatened thus far by rising interest rates, according to a presentation to the city commission sitting as the... — Updated 6/22/2022

 
 By Tom Paulson    News

CRA Agrees to Purchase Building After Receiving Incorrect Information

EDITOR'S NOTE: This story has been updated to include comments from City Manager James Slaton. A confusing staff report may have led to city commissioners, sitting as the board of... — Updated 6/19/2022

 
 By Robert Connors    News

City "Connected" Plan Receives Million-Dollar Boost

Plans to build sidewalks and plant scores of shade trees to enhance the Northwest Neighborhood, part of the Lake Wales Connected plan, received a major boost last week with the... — Updated 5/17/2022

 
 By Robert Connors    News

Rotary to Host Speaker Series Focused on Downtown Revitalization

Citizens interested in learning the details and impact of the city-reshaping Lake Wales Connected plan are invited to attend any of four luncheon meetings on the topic beginning... — Updated 5/14/2022

 
 By Robert Connors    News

Groundbreaking Effectively Starts Construction of Connected Plan

A small crowd gathered Monday morning on Third Street near the shores of Crystal Lake to witness a historic moment for the city as officials formally broke ground for the... — Updated 4/14/2022

 
 By Eric Marshall    News

CRA Housing Rehab Program Offers Help to Northwest Neighborhood

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... — Updated 4/6/2022

 
 By Robert Connors    News

Downtown Merchants, Property Owners Hear Presentation on Connected Plan

A vital channel of communication between downtown merchants, the Community Redevelopment Agency and Lake Wales Main Street was opened at a breakfast meeting at the MarketPlace Caf... — Updated 3/31/2022

 
 By Robert Connors    News

Downtown Property Redevelopment on the Upswing

Downtown Lake Wales is seeing a significant uptick in property transactions that some see as the result of ambitious street renewal plans being advanced by the Lake Wales Community... — Updated 3/30/2022

 

Lake Wales History is Central to Future Success, Business Leaders Learn

Some 100 guests and supporters of the Lake Wales Main Street gathered Monday morning for a 90-minute session and left filled with not only lunch but inspiration. City planner Ed... — Updated 3/25/2022

 
 By Robert Connors    News

Lake Wales to Receive $800,000 From Federal Budget to Boost Connected Plan

Converting downtown streets into a shady pedestrian oasis through the Lake Wales Connected plan got a financial boost as the City of Lake Wales has received a Federal grant.... — Updated 3/24/2022

 
 By Tom Paulson    News

City Commission Chooses 30-year Bonds Over Bank Financing

With some $4 million in interest payments riding on the decision, three city commissioners gave direction to staff at Wednesday's workshop to pursue a 30-year bond rather than... — Updated 3/18/2022

 
 By Tom Paulson    News

Commissioner Williams, Not Hilligoss, Apparent Source of Mayor's Ire

A review of city commission meeting videos has revealed that only one commissioner has missed a significant number of meetings. Commissioner Daniel Williams has been absent from 12... — Updated 3/15/2022

 
 By Robert Connors    News

CRA Adds Central Avenue Bicycle Track to Connected Plans

The re-imagining of downtown Lake Wales and the application of the Connected plan is now inspiring some significant proposed changes to Central Avenue between Scenic Highway and... — Updated 3/14/2022

 
 By Tom Paulson    Business

Lake Wales' Newest Restaurant Holds Grand Opening

Dining choices in Lake Wales have expanded recently, and the official grand opening of one new restaurant drew a happy crowd of diners to celebrate. Wales Pointe, already a popular... — Updated 3/13/2022

 
 By Tom Paulson    News

CRA Board Approves Sale of Lot for New Lincoln Avenue Restaurant

Private investment in the Lincoln Avenue commercial district, one of the goals of the Lake Wales Connected plan, seems to have begun even before the first spade of dirt is turned.... — Updated 3/10/2022

 

Lake Wales Housing Authority, CRA Agree to Continue Cooperative Approach

After expressing concerns about the lack of success achieved by the Lake Wales Housing Authority, the Community Redevelopment Agency (CRA) changed their tune after a joint meeting... — Updated 3/6/2022

 
 By Eric Marshall    News

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

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... — Updated 3/3/2022

 
 By Tom Paulson    News

Lake Wales Artist Sought for Huge Project Grant

Beautifying Lake Wales has been a theme of multiple efforts for more than a year, and the Lake Wales Community Redevelopment Agency has now offered a new twist. The CRA is actively... — Updated 2/10/2022

 
 By Eric Marshall    News

Affordable Housing Public-Private Partnership Paying Off in Lake Wales

An effort by the Lake Wales Community Redevelopment Agency (CRA) to increase the availability of affordable housing through public/private partnerships is producing significant... — Updated 2/10/2022

 
 By Robert Connors    News

City, CRA File 12-Count Lawsuit Against Dixie Walesbilt LLC

The fate of the storied Walesbilt Hotel has been placed in the hands of the courts after the City of Lake Wales and the Community Redevelopment Agency filed a twelve-count lawsuit... — Updated 2/8/2022

 
 By Tom Paulson    News

Lake Wales Investors Purchase Friedlander Building With Plans for Apartments, Restaurant

The historic Friedlander Department Store building has been purchased by Lake Wales investor Tammy James and her husband Stephen James. The building at 101 East Park stands at the... — Updated 1/29/2022

 
 By Brian Ackley    News

City Development Services Adds Staff to Keep Up With Surge in Proposals

The year just ended saw a wave of filings for growth projects in the city, with more than a dozen subdivision, townhome and apartment complex proposals now on the books. The new... — Updated 1/26/2022

 
 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

 

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