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 By Tom Paulson    News 

City Seeking $500,000 Grant to Clean Up Three "Brownfields"

Funding for a clean-up effort that could pave the way for the construction of a traffic roundabout connecting Scenic Highway with Burns Avenue and Washington Avenue has been... — Updated 11/24/2021

 
 By Robert Connors    News 

Prominent Eyesore Property May Be Headed For Change

A crumbling former gasoline station and convenience store that has proven to be a stubborn eyesore may be subject to foreclosure action as City-imposed fines of $500 a day are... — Updated 11/24/2021

 
 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 Tom Paulson    News

City Hoping for CDBG Grant for Northwest Neighborhood Sidewalks

In hopes of "accelerating" the implementation of an ambitious plan for sidewalk construction and tree canopy creation in the long-neglected Northwest Neighborhood the City of Lake... — Updated 11/21/2021

 
 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 Robert Connors    News

Deputy Mayor Gibson Issues Call for Preserving Lake Wales "Small Town Feel"

The multiple proposals for future residential development in the Lake Wales area has many concerned for the future of the city and the potential loss of its "small town" feel.... — Updated 11/10/2021

 
 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

 
 By Tom Paulson    Business
photo of Anita's sign

Lake Wales Loses Mexican Restaurant

A popular lunch spot on Central Avenue has closed, leaving locals hungry for Mexican-style favorites out of luck. Anita's Mexican Restaurant offered a variety of dishes from simple... — Updated 10/13/2021

 
 By Tom Paulson    Fun

Pioneer Days Happening October 23 and 24

Lake Wales 45th Annual Pioneer Days festival is expected to draw some 10,000 visitors to Lake Wailes Park over two days later this month, and staff at the Lake Wales History Museum... — 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

 

Suspended City Commissioner's Seat May be Filled July 20

Lake Wales City Commissioners at their July 20 meeting will consider naming a temporary replacement for suspended Commissioner Kris Fitzgerald. The city charter requires... — Updated 7/15/2021

 
 By Brian Ackley    News

Northwest Residents Express Hope for Neighborhood's Future

A recent statistically valid survey of residents in the northwest section neighborhood of Lake Wales revealed 60 percent of respondents say they "feel hopeful about the future of th... — Updated 6/9/2021

 

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

 

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

 

Northwest Community Market Draws Crowds, Rave Reviews

A light breeze and sunshine made for a pleasant day May 1 for the first Northwest Community Market. Vendors filled the large lots at the corner of B Street and Lincoln Avenue,... — 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

 

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