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 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 9/28/2022

 
 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 Tom Paulson    News

Controversial Small-Lot Development Delayed For Review

On a 3-2 vote, Lake Wales city commissioners almost approved a controversial new subdivision plat that creates 907 new building lots on the near south side before a last minute... — Updated 9/26/2022

 
 By Tom Paulson    News

Lake Wales Heritage Advances Plans for Druid Hills Neighborhood

Ambitious plans to beautify and recognize the unique features of the Druid Hills neighborhood on the east side of Lake Wales were advanced during a four-hour conference held... — Updated 9/24/2022

 
 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

 

Police Arrest Tow-Truck Operator, Charged With Theft of Auto

A vehicle reported as stolen by the owner from near the RaceTrac gas station has been recovered from a Haines City towing yard, leading to the arrest of the tow truck operator.... — 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

 

City Continues Development of Affordable Housing With Private Partners

The Lake Wales Community Redevelopment Agency (CRA) is celebrating the groundbreaking of two new houses which will soon be built next to one another on A Street in the Northwest... — 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

 
 By Tom Paulson    News

City Kayak and Paddleboard Rental Program Reduced, Delayed

An unexpected sharp rise in cost has shrunk the planned kayak and paddleboard rental project planned for Lake Wailes Park, in a shift approved by the city commission. The rental... — Updated 9/4/2022

 
 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 Tom Paulson    News

Watering Restrictions Remain in Effect

The Southwest Florida Water Management District is sharing a friendly reminder that when it comes to irrigation systems, Polk County residents must follow certain watering schedules... — Updated 9/3/2022

 

Ridge Scenic Highway 39-Mile Yard Sale Happens November 3

A popular and long-running community event returns this year, and organizers are offering plenty of advance notice to those wishing to participate. The 15th annual 39-mile Yard... — 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 Rachel Harris    News

Early Voting Now Available in Lake Wales

The August 23 "Primary" election will be the "final" election for candidates in four heated Polk School Board races, as well as those seeking judicial slots. Voters are encouraged... — Updated 8/25/2022

 
 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

Crystal Lake Trail Project Moving Forward

Construction is progressing rapidly on the Park Avenue Connector Trail, a 3000-foot multiuse trail being constructed by the Lake Wales Community Redevelopment Agency. The project is... — Updated 8/4/2022

 
 By Tom Paulson    News

Three City Commissioners Vote Themselves Another Raise

On a split vote, Lake Wales City Commissioners Tuesday evening voted themselves an annual raise of $2,400 intended to pay for the cost of local travel and expenses. City Manager... — Updated 8/4/2022

 

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