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 By News Staff    News

Looking Back: The Top Ten News Stories of 2021 in Lake Wales

The year just completed saw a number of big stories that impacted the Lake Wales community, and we've taken a look back at them through the perspective of the new year. Here's how... — Updated 1/12/2022

 
 By Robert Connors    News

Work Progresses On Historic Restoration Project

Those who appreciate the unique qualities of the Florida Boom Era architecture that has long identified Lake Wales will be pleased to see that one building in the historic district... — Updated 12/28/2021

 

New City Communications Director Hopes to Reach More Citizens

Communications and information about City of Lake Wales activities and services should be easier to find, as a result of the hiring of Marketing and Communications Director Eric... — Updated 12/28/2021

 
 By Robert Connors    News

Is Walesbilt Hotel Project On Verge of Success?

A Walesbilt Hotel redevelopment project is "within 90 days of having a firm loan commitment," according to Michael H. Frost, president of Buena Vista Hospitality Group, Inc.... — Updated 12/21/2021

 
 By Robert Connors    News

Still More Details Emerge of Walesbilt Hotel Redevelopment Deal

Details of the pending redevelopment of the Walesbilt Hotel continue to emerge as members of the development team prepare to share plans with the City Commission at Tuesday's... — Updated 12/21/2021

 
 By Robert Connors    News

County Approves Subdivision Near Timberlane Road

More than 20 acres of forest along the west side of Timberlane Road will become a single-family home subdivision over the objections of many neighbors after the Polk County... — Updated 12/17/2021

 
 By Robert Connros    News

Downtown Streetscape Plans May Expand to Portions of Orange, Crystal Avenues

In hope of landing an additional infusion of grant monies to aid in the revitalization of downtown Lake Wales, the City Commission has authorized engineering design work for... — Updated 12/17/2021

 

Proposal for Partisan School Boards a Bad Idea

Democracy relies upon "the consent of the governed" to function. Consent implies an understanding of the questions of importance to the populace, which in turn requires an educated... — Updated 12/13/2021

 
 By Brian Ackley    News

City Asks For Participation in "Community Conditions Survey"

Lake Wales is getting ready to ask its residents how they think the city is performing. The city plans to conduct a "Community Conditions Survey" in order to assess the current... — Updated 12/8/2021

 
 By Tom Paulson    Schools

Polk State Lake Wales Enrollment Doubles to 1,200 Students

Polk State's Lake Wales campus, located entirely in the two-story JD Alexander Center on Central Avenue, has doubled its student population. Enrollment has grown from 600 to 1,200... — Updated 11/30/2021

 

EDITORIAL: How Will Lake Wales Stop "Urban Sprawl" and Maintain its Small-Town Feel?

Citing private property rights and the current broad wave of development interest around Lake Wales, the City Commission is faced with a tough balancing act: allowing rapid growth... — Updated 11/30/2021

 
 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

Housing Options Continue to Expand Around Lake Wales As Prices Rise

Lake Wales's newest housing subdivision is rapidly being developed on the high ground just west of Lake Wales High School. Scenic Bluffs Phase Two will offer 55 single-family homes... — Updated 11/14/2021

 

Attorney Kent Lilly Offers Lesson in Value of Role Models

By now a familiar voice to fans at Friday night football games, one local volunteer has made a highly successful career out of childhood inspiration, and a thread of football... — Updated 11/12/2021

 
 By News Staff    Business

Lake Wales Chrysler Jeep Dodge Ram Celebrates Anniversary By Supporting Local Causes

"It's a blink of an eye and 30 years have flown by. When Ralph and I started we both had darker hair," said Mike Mahalak, president of the Mahalak Auto Group, in recognition of a... — Updated 11/11/2021

 
 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

City to Consider Mobility Fees for New Development

With thousands of homes coming off the drawing board and plans to build them at more than a dozen locations around Lake Wales, city planners are attempting to get ahead of the expec... — Updated 11/10/2021

 
 By Tom Paulson    Ridge Life

Library Brings Back "Food for Fines" Program

Remember that library book, and the DVD you checked out last year and forgot to return? Yeah, that one... Well, there's good news. Now you don't have to pay the fine! Just bring a... — Updated 10/29/2021

 
 By News Staff    Business

LakeWalesNews.Net Readership Views Surge to 20,000 Weekly

New features and sections added to LakeWalesNews.Net have driven skyrocketing readership since September 1, reaching well over 80,000 page views during the first month, according to... — Updated 10/27/2021

 
 By Robert Connors    News
New homes being completed

Lake Wales Housing Land Rush Shows No Sign of Slowing

The rush to develop housing in Lake Wales shows no sign of abating as new proposals continue to come before the Lake Wales City Commission. Tuesday's agenda saw an approval of an... — Updated 10/27/2021

 
grove growing inside a screen enclosure

Florida Citrus Production Continues to Show Precipitous Drop

In a citrus crop forecast released Tuesday, Agriculture Commissioner Nikki Fried mentioned a startling number for Florida's peak citrus production: 244 million boxes in the 1997-98... — Updated 10/20/2021

 
 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 Robert Connors    News

New Traffic Roundabouts, Bike Lanes, Sidewalks May Be Coming to Buck Moore Road

With hundreds of new homes slated for construction along the booming Buck Moore Road, Lake Wales City Commissioners have unanimously approved hiring an engineering firm to conduct... — Updated 10/9/2021

 
 By Brian Ackley    News

City Commission Districts to be Re-Drawn

Lake Wales will likely have to tweak the borders of its four voting districts since the 2020 U.S. Census showed the city had grown by about 15 percent in the last decade. The... — Updated 10/9/2021

 
 By Robert Connors    News
an aerial view of the development site

More than 8,000 New Dwellings Planned in Lake Wales

Plans and proposals for new housing developments in Lake Wales have come in waves during 2021 and show no sign of abating. More than 8,300 new dwellings are now "visible" on the... — Updated 10/6/2021

 

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