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Court Clears Path for Redevelopment of Walesbilt Hotel, Rules in Favor of City

BARTOW - A Circuit Court ruling Thursday has set the stage for reverting ownership of the historic Walesbilt Hotel in Lake Wales back to the city, ending a years-long legal battle... — Updated 3/2/2024


A Free Press Serves as a Watchdog on Government and Politicians

Government is complicated. Elected officials, even those responsible for leading a city such as Lake Wales with its billion-dollar budget, face a multitude of questions and issues.... — Updated 3/1/2024

 By Robert Connors    News

City Anticipates $23 Million Grant to Complete "Connected" Project

A grant application for " the Complete Streets redesign of remaining portions of 1st Street, Central Avenue, and Lincoln Avenue" has been given a high probability of success by a... — Updated 3/1/2024

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Two Forums Offer Voters Insight into City Election Choices

Voters will have two chances next week to see and hear incumbents and candidates for seats on the Lake Wales City Commission air their views and positions on a wide variety of... — Updated 2/29/2024


Multiple Questions Raised About $1.2 Million City-Funded Incubator

A "business incubator" operating under a three-year, $1.2 million contract approved by the Lake Wales City Commission appears to be operating in violation of several laws, a... — Updated 2/29/2024


Five Candidates Will Vie for Two Commission Seats

The final ballot is set for the April 2 City Commission election is set, and all registered voters within the city limits of Lake Wales will have an opportunity to choose two two... — Updated 2/28/2024

 By Robert Connors    News 

Business Incubator Officers Invited to Defend Operations After Critical Report

Business owners lined up at the beginning of the Lake Wales City Commission meeting Tuesday evening to explain to commissioners the various ways they are working to enhance the... — Updated 2/22/2024


Carol Gillespie First to Qualify for One of Two Lake Wales City Commission Seats Up For Election

Carol Gillespie was a prompt qualifier for the April 2 Lake Wales City Commission Seat 4 on Monday as qualifying opened for a pair of three-year terms on the board representing... — Updated 2/22/2024


Facts, Not innuendo, Should Guide City Business, Citizen Behavior

People often look to their perceived "leaders" for guidance on conduct. In an atmosphere of charged and heated politics on a national level, it is no wonder that people are too often quick to accuse or insinuate wrongdoing even in... — Updated 2/22/2024

 By Robert Connors    News

Lake Alta Proposal Modified by Developer, No Longer Impacts Park

A development proposal adjacent to Lake Alta on the near north side of Lake Wales has been modified by the developer in an apparent attempt to reach a compromise with neighboring... — Updated 2/17/2024

 By Robert Connors    News

Lake Wales Has a Good "Squeeze" Coming

In an effort to help address the need for transportation around the downtown area, City Manager James Slaton and staff have brought another solution forward. The "Squeeze" is an... — Updated 2/17/2024


Donald Gene Clingenpeel, 1939-2024

Donald Gene Clingenpeel of Haines City passed away Thursday, February 16, 2024 at his residence. He was born September 5, 1939 in Stillwater, Oklahoma to the late James Earl and... — Updated 2/17/2024


City Commission, CRA Considering Sale of City Park For Apartment Complex

A "pocket park" lying in a quiet neighborhood of single-family homes on the near north side of the city may be converted to a parking lot to serve a new housing complex, Lake Wales... — Updated 2/15/2024


Lake Wales Mardi Gras Events Begin This Week, Expected to Draw 20,000

The biggest outburst of fun and frivolity in the region, the Lake Wales Mardi Gras is preparing to offer its 40th year of festivities to residents and visitors from far and wide.... — Updated 2/14/2024


Lake Wales High's Class of '74 Planning Trip Down Memory Lane

High school reunions are still a part of American culture and life experience that can offer a way to reflect on a lifetime of work and achievement. The Lake Wales High School... — Updated 2/6/2024


February 4, 1924 Highlander Offers Glimpse Into City's History

Controversies including the sudden cancellation of a road bond election by the county commission and a charge that someone illegally added a letter to a bill of deed highlighted... — Updated 2/6/2024


Downtown to Resound With Free Lake Wales Live Concert Series

Music and entertainment fans will welcome the news of a sensational series of free Friday night concerts that promise to infuse the community with camaraderie, live music, and... — Updated 2/5/2024

 By Robert Connors    News

Lake Wales Documentary Selected for Film Festival

A documentary film about the creation of the Lake Wales Envisioned planning process has been selected for screening at the annual Redfish festival in Panama City, FL. The film,... — Updated 2/5/2024


Community Open House to Address Economic Development Ideas

The public is invited to take a seat at the table this Tuesday to discuss economic development in the Lake Wales area to "increase the city's economic health." The community forum i... — Updated 2/3/2024

 By Robert Connors    News

West Park Avenue Reopens to Traffic, East Park Closes as Project Advances

While the ribbon-cutting and dedication of the newly reconstructed portions of Park Avenue and First Street remains in the planning stage, the newly-completed stretches of West Park... — Updated 2/2/2024

 By Rachel Harris    News

There's Still Time to Update Your Voter Record

Polk County voters who have moved or changed their name are encouraged to update their record with the Elections Office before the March 19th Presidential Preference Primary... — Updated 1/31/2024


Second Bakery Draws Fans to Downtown Lake Wales

A desire to combine family and "flair" has resulted in a business that customers are describing as "a delight. Since opening less than two months ago Mimi's Bakery has quickly becom... — Updated 1/22/2024


Carol Gillespie Announces Run For City Commission Seat 4

A second candidate has announced her intention to seek a seat on the Lake Wales City Commission in the Tuesday, April 2 election, which will see two candidates elected to new... — Updated 1/19/2024


Latest 3D Mammography Unit Added at AdventHealth Lake Wales

A historic decline in breast cancer death rates has been partly attributed to improvements in early detection, Lake Wales area patients seeking the best in care can now rely on loca... — Updated 1/15/2024

 By Robert Connors    News

More Public Parking Downtown is Goal of CRA Purchase

More convenient public parking downtown, the subject of repeated merchant requests, will be addressed soon, according to city officials. Converting a private parking lot to a... — Updated 1/13/2024


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