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 By Robert Connors    News

West Park Avenue to Remain Closed for Lake Wales Connected Construction

Crews from Gomez Construction will be barricading a block of West Park Avenue between First Street and Wetmore Street on Monday, March 6 to begin the $11.5 million transformation of... — Updated 3/22/2023

 By Robert Connors    News 

New Shopping Center Site Approved for US 27 in Lake Wales

A fifty-one acre site has been approved for potential shopping center construction by the Lake Wales City Commission at their Tuesday night meeting, but there are no immediate... — Updated 3/22/2023

 By Robert Connors    News 

Standing Room Crowd Hears Lake Wales Envisioned Kickoff

A packed house greeted a team of planners, traffic engineers and developers Monday afternoon to hear presentations that may help shape the future of Lake Wales. Experts shared the... — Updated 3/22/2023

 By Robert Connors    News 

Eyesore Building Escapes Code Enforcement for Another Year

City action may at last be pending against a long-derelict eyesore property that confront thousands of travelers each day passing by on Scenic Highway. The former "Five Points"... — Updated 3/21/2023


Final City Commission Candidate Forum Planned for March 28

Lake Wales voters will get a final opportunity to hear the position of four candidates seeking terms on the city commission in the April 4 election. The Lake Wales History Museum wi... — Updated 3/21/2023

 By Robert Connors    News

Monday "Envisioned" Events to Shape Future of Lake Wales

A once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to shape the future livability of Lake Wales begins Monday at Bok Tower Gardens as a high-powered team of planners bring their national... — Updated 3/21/2023

 By Robert Connors    News

Commission Candidate Forum Brought Few Surprises

Four city commission candidates facing an April 4 election shared a stage at the Lake Wales Womans Club Auditorium Tuesday evening to compare their positions on a variety of topics... — Updated 3/21/2023


Lake Wales High School Weightlifters Win County Olympics Title

Lake Wales weightlifters won the Olympics-style county title while placing second to Lakeland in the traditional competition. In the Olympic competition, Lake Wales won with 53... — Updated 3/16/2023

 By Robert Connors    News

Construction Project to Address Dangerous SR 60 Intersection

An effort to reduce or eliminate fatal crashes at a dangerous intersection east of Lake Wales will see the Florida Department of Transportation closing crossing traffic in favor of... — Updated 3/15/2023

 By Robert Connors    News

March 20 "Envisioned" Events to Shape Future of Lake Wales in Face of Explosive Growth

A host of proposed housing developments that could more than double the population of Lake Wales have created worries that the once-quiet community will be overrun by sprawling... — Updated 3/15/2023

 By Robert Connors    Schools

Bok Academy North Classrooms Near Completion, But Funding Remains an Issue

Lake Wales newest middle school campus is set to benefit from a $6 million construction project, but Lake Wales Charter Schools is working to find the resources to pay for the new... — Updated 3/13/2023

 By Robert Connors    News

City Commission Meets "in the Shade" to Discuss Possible Settlement Terms for Walesbilt Hotel Lawsuit

A recent private meeting, held out of the reach of Florida's "Sunshine Law," allowed city commissioners and their legal counsel to discuss the ongoing mediation in their lawsuit see... — Updated 3/8/2023


City Relaxes Controversial Policy On Public Comments at Commission Meetings

A policy change allowing increased public input reverses a controversial decision by the Lake Wales City Commission to that sharply limited public input. The modification to a... — Updated 3/4/2023

 By Robert Connors    News

City Commission Considers Giving Plant Re-Zoning Authority Back to Staff

The Lake Wales City Commission will consider relinquishing authority on major zoning changes to a city planning staff person who will serve as the final decision-maker. That choice... — Updated 3/4/2023

 By Robert Connors    News

Governor DeSantis' Delayed Reinstatement of Suspended Commissioner Kris Fitzgerald Raised at City Commission Meeting

The expected reinstatement of suspended City Commissioner Kris Fitzgerald was raised again by Commissioner Terrye Howell, who questioned the lack of action from Governor Ron... — Updated 3/4/2023

 By Robert Connors    News

City Planners Launch "Envision" Effort, Seek Citizen Input For Future Land Use Planning

Citizens and residents of the Lake Wales area are being invited to take a major role in defining how and where growth will take place in the area as part of a new city effort to... — Updated 2/28/2023

 By Wendy Dwyer    Business

Dyer Difference Award Recognizes Polk Sheriff's Charities

The Dyer Difference Award for February has gone to Polk Sheriff's Charities. Since 2006, Polk Sheriff's Charities have been supporting first responders and members of the community... — Updated 2/28/2023

 By Robert Connors    News

Highlanders To Celebrate State Championship Season With Community Celebration at Kiwanis Park

The entire Lake Wales community is invited to come out and share some Highlander Pride to celebrate the Lake Wales High School Highlanders first state football championship. The eve... — Updated 2/25/2023

 By Robert Connors    News

Public Input Sought for New Trail Connection for Kiwanis Park

The public is being invited to learn and comment on a new trail segment being proposed to continue expanding the bicycle and pedestrian links around Lake Wales. The segment would... — Updated 2/25/2023


Mardi Gras 2023 Brightens the Streets of Lake Wales

Thousands of residents and visitors from across the state and nation gathered in downtown Lake Wales Saturday for the highlight of the local Mardi Gras celebrations, enjoying a zany... — Updated 2/23/2023


Mardi Gras Lights Up the Night in Lake Wales

The Lake Wales Mardi Gras celebrations have reached their climactic day as crowds are preparing for the annual parade, continuing a local tradition now in its fifth decade. The big... — Updated 2/21/2023

 By News Staff Reports    Fun

Lake Wales Annual Mardi Gras to Feature Multiple Events

It's that zany time of year for thousands of celebrants who will participate in the annual Lake Wales Mardi Gras, with festivities running from February 11 through 21. Between two b... — Updated 2/18/2023

 By Robert Connors    News

New Business Park Approved for Hunt Brothers Road

A new business park may eventually rise on newly-annexed land south of Hunt Brothers Road near Loves Travel Stop and the city's soccer complex on large parcels are currently in... — Updated 2/18/2023

 By Robert Connors    News

Gibson vs. Gibson vs. Gibson? A Confusing City Election Looms

What's in a name? In a confusing prospect for Lake Wales voters, three candidates have filed to run for the District 5 City Commission seat in the April 4 election, and all three... — Updated 2/12/2023


Bennett Reflects on Years of Change

It was a relaxed Mark Bennett who shared his thoughts about the many changes both ahead and behind in Lake Wales and Polk County recently. Bennett is stepping down as director of... — Updated 2/2/2023


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