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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

Kris Fitzgerald Files For US Congressional Race

Former Lake Wales City Commissioner Kris Fitzgerald has filed to run for the US Congress from Florida's 15th district, which includes a portion of Polk and Pasco counties and much... — Updated 7/27/2023

 
 By Robert Connors    News

Fitzgerald Denied Return to Commission Due to Move Outside District

Editor's Note: This story has been updated to include citation of a written opinion from City Attorney Chuck Galloway to city commissioners, released to the press today. April 17 -... — Updated 5/25/2023

 
 By Robert Connors    News

Kris Fitzgerald Reinstated to City Commission Seat

City Commissioner Kris Fitzgerald has been reinstated to her seat on the Lake Wales City Commission nearly two years after her suspension by Governor Ron DeSantis following her... — Updated 5/17/2023

 
 By Robert Connors    News

City Commission Gives Attorney "Unsatisfactory" Marks in Annual Review

It was a very unhappy group of Lake Wales City Commissioners who spent more than 45 minutes discussing their generally dismal evaluations of City Attorney Chuck Galloway Wednesday.... — Updated 4/1/2023

 
 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

Lake Wales City Commission Tightens Rules on Public Speaking During Meetings

New requirements will be faced by those wishing to speak during the public access portion of Lake Wales City Commission meetings following action taken Tuesday. On a 3-2 vote the... — Updated 1/13/2023

 
 By Robert Connors    News

Commissioner Fitzgerald Expected to Be Reinstated by Governor DeSantis

A written appeal for re-instatement has been sent to Governor Ron DeSantis by former Lake Wales City Commissioner Kris Fitzgerald, who was found not guilty in October of charges... — Updated 12/30/2022

 
 By Robert Connors    News

Former Commissioner Kris Fitzgerald Acquitted of All Charges

Former Lake Wales city commissioner Kris Fitzgerald, who was removed from office after being charged with two felonies, has been found not guilty in a jury trial. Fitzgerald was... — Updated 12/14/2022

 
 By Robert Connors    News

Hilligoss Wins Mayoral Race, Krueger Elected to City Commission

The unofficial vote tabulation is completed and It is apparent that Jack Hilligoss and Danny Kreuger will fill the mayoral post and that of city commissioner. With the votes tabulat... — Updated 4/12/2022

 
 By Tom Paulson    News

Six Candidates Qualify for Two Open City Seats

Six candidates have qualified for election to two open seats in the City of Lake Wales government in the April 5 municipal elections. Voters will have an opportunity to choose a... — Updated 2/23/2022

 

Federal Judge Strikes Down Florida Legislature's Seminole Gaming Compact

A federal judge has undone a signature achievement of Gov. Ron DeSantis’ time in office by invalidating the Seminole Gaming Compact, a deal between the state and the tribe that purported to OK statewide sports betting and bring... — Updated 12/13/2021

 

Feds dragging their feet on a plan to feed starving Florida manatees

The first time I met Martine de Wit, she was dressed in scrubs, ready to step into a laboratory containing eight dead manatees. Her job, and that of the dozen people assisting her... — Updated 12/13/2021

 

Waiving Rules for Moving Florida Gopher Tortoises Helps Only Developers

Do you like the neighborhood where you live? I sure like mine. My wife and I bought a 1926 Craftsman fixer-upper in St. Petersburg back in the mid-1990s, and we've been here ever... — Updated 12/10/2021

 

County Commissioner Neil Combee Promotes Ulcer Medication as Covid Cure

A Polk County Commissioner is coming under fire for promoting a common ulcer medication as a cure for Covid-19. There is no medical or clinical evidence to support his claim. Neil... — Updated 9/7/2021

 

Commissioners Unanimously Choose Pastor Hilligoss to Fill Temporary Vacancy

After hearing from supporters of the four applicants, Lake Wales City Commissioners unanimously voted to appoint Jack Hilligoss to the temporary vacancy created by the suspension... — Updated 8/3/2021

 

Former Commissioner's Wife Now Wants Appointment to His Seat

The wife of former Lake Wales City Commissioner Pete Perez has indicated her interest in filling his old seat, which is vacant now due to the suspension of newly elected Commissione... — Updated 7/31/2021

 

Former Commissioner Wojcik Offers to Return to City Service

Former Lake Wales City Commissioner Betty Wojcik has applied to fill the temporary vacancy created by the suspension of newly elected Commissioner Kris Fitzgerald. Commissioners at... — Updated 7/31/2021

 

Pastor Hilligoss Seeks Temporary Appointment to City Commission

Pastor Jack Hilligoss has added his name to the list of people interested in filling the city commission vacancy created by the suspension of newly elected Commissioner Kris... — Updated 7/31/2021

 

Commissioners Reject First 3 Applicants for Temporary Appointment

Despite a gathering of supporters, a contingent speaking on his behalf, and the endorsement of the mayor, deputy mayor and a number of Republican elected officials, Al Goldstein on... — 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

 

Nominating Committee Seeking Applicants for County Judge Vacancy

Qualified attorneys who would like to be considered for a county judge opening have until 5 p.m. Friday, July 23 to apply. The Tenth Circuit Judicial Nominating Commission has been... — Updated 7/15/2021

 

Governor Suspends New Commissioner Fitzgerald from Office Over Felony Charges

Florida Governor Ron DeSantis issued an executive order today (July 7) suspending newly elected Lake Wales City Commissioner Kris Fitzgerald from office. Fitzgerald waived her arrai... — Updated 7/8/2021

 
 By Brian Ackley    News

City Commissioners Set to Officially Repeal Mask Mandate

City officials are letting its ongoing "state of emergency" declaration regarding the COVID-19 pandemic expire. In addition, Lake Wales commissioners are expected Tuesday to finish... — Updated 6/14/2021

 

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

 

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