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 By Robert Connors    News

Seminole Hotel Redevelopment Takes One Step Back, Two Steps Forward

After rejecting the only response received from a private developer regarding the Seminole Hotel, the Lake Wales Community Redevelopment Agency (CRA) is taking a completely... — Updated 11/8/2022

 By Robert Connors    News

Soto Seeks Grant to Support First Street Reconstruction

Efforts to re-imagine the urban core of Lake Wales as an attractive and shady pedestrian oasis filled with new businesses and restaurants continues to draw the support of both the... — Updated 7/15/2022

 By Robert Connors    News

Downtown Property Redevelopment on the Upswing

Downtown Lake Wales is seeing a significant uptick in property transactions that some see as the result of ambitious street renewal plans being advanced by the Lake Wales Community... — Updated 3/30/2022

 By Robert Connors    News

Lake Wales to Receive $800,000 From Federal Budget to Boost Connected Plan

Converting downtown streets into a shady pedestrian oasis through the Lake Wales Connected plan got a financial boost as the City of Lake Wales has received a Federal grant.... — Updated 3/24/2022

 By Tom Paulson    News

City Gets Title to Seminole Hotel, Prepares to Give it to CRA

One historic downtown hotel has become city property even as city commissioners wrestle with a development proposal on another. City Attorney Chuck Galloway reported to the board at... — Updated 1/19/2022

 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

City Commission To Consider Suit To Regain Walesbilt Hotel

The long-delayed resolution of the contract between the City of Lake Wales, the Community Redevelopment Agency and Walesbilt Hotel owner Ray Brown may be heading to a concluding... — Updated 12/20/2021

 By Robert Connors    News

City Commission Approves Purchase of Seminole Hotel Despite Last-Minute Appeal of Kebabjian

The long saga of the Seminole Hotel took an unexpected last-minute twist Tuesday night before Lake Wales City Commissioners approved the purchase of the Seminole Hotel for $50,000... — Updated 12/13/2021

 By Tom Paulson    News
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City Gets Seminole Hotel Under Settlement Terms

The City of Lake Wales will apparently acquire the Seminole Hotel as a result of a deal reached during court-ordered mediation on November 12. The terms of the settlement were... — Updated 12/7/2021


City Adopts Framework to Offer Incentives to Redevelop Distressed Property

Lake Wales City Commissioners have adopted a new incentive program to encourage redevelopment or restoration of distressed properties. Commissioners earlier this month approved a... — Updated 4/1/2021


Judge Gives Kebabjian More Time, Documents to Fight Seminole Hotel Foreclosure

Lake Wales city officials were hopeful the foreclosure sale of the historic Seminole Hotel would be ordered Feb. 12, but instead Circuit Judge Dana Moore agreed to allow current... — Updated 2/17/2021


Seminole Hotel Owner Can't Convince Commissioners to Suspend Foreclosure

Lake Wales City commissioners in a workshop session Dec. 9 indicated support for continuing with their foreclosure action on the historic Seminole Hotel. Only Commissioner Curtis... — Updated 12/11/2020


Seminole Hotel Owner Asks City to Halt Foreclosure, Waive Fines

Henry Kebabjian is not giving up on his plans to redevelop the historic Seminole Hotel and is still hoping to convince Lake Wales city commissioners to drop their foreclosure... — Updated 12/2/2020


New Owner Wants City to Drop Foreclosure, Waive Fines on Seminole Hotel

Henry Kebabjian wants to redevelop the historic Seminole Hotel in downtown Lake Wales, but his timing may be a little off. Kebabjian bought the three-story hotel Aug. 19 at a... — Updated 9/17/2020


Police Officer Worley Files Grievance Over 8-Hour Suspension

Lake Wales Police Officer Travis Worley has filed a grievance through his union representative claiming the discipline he received for using profanity against a citizen – an... — Updated 9/3/2020


Suspended Detective Returned to Work, Disciplined for Profanity

Lake Wales Police Detective Travis Worley is back on active duty after a 10-week suspension with pay. An internal investigation determined he acted unprofessionally by using... — Updated 8/26/2020


City May Take Possession of Historic Seminole Hotel

The City of Lake Wales may take possession of the historic Seminole Hotel, now two and one-half years after it was first condemned as unsafe. The Lake Wales Code Enforcement Board... — Updated 7/1/2020


City Growth Keeps Development Office Busy

Recognizing her increased responsibilities in development services as the City of Lake Wales experiences a growth spurt, Kathy Bangley recently was promoted to assistant city... — Updated 11/6/2019


Seminole Hotel Project Moving Forward as City Reviews Plans

The prospective developers of the historic Seminole Hotel shared conceptual site plans with Lake Wales city officials Tuesday, Aug. 13. South Florida architect Rick Gonzalez produce... — Updated 8/20/2019


Seminole Hotel Demolition Bid Comes in at $700,000

The City of Lake Wales now has even more incentive to support prospective developers of the historic Seminole Hotel: the bid to demolish it came in June 4 at $700,000. Simpson... — Updated 6/12/2019


City Staff Pledges Cooperation with Seminole Hotel Developers

Lake Wales city staff members and the proposed developers of the historic Seminole Hotel gathered for their first official meeting to outline necessary steps to move the project... — Updated 6/5/2019


Developer Brown Takes Seminole Hotel Spat to City Commission

Developer Ray Brown took his frustration with city staff directly to the Lake Wales City Commission Tuesday May 21 and left the meeting with a commitment to at least discuss how to... — Updated 5/22/2019


Architect Wants Financial Interest in Historic Seminole Hotel and 30 Apartments

Rick Gonzalez is passionate about restoring historic buildings and he loves Lake Wales. The South Florida architect finally got his first look last week inside the Seminole Hotel... — Updated 5/14/2019


New Commissioner Takes Office

The Lake Wales City Commission changed slightly Tuesday, May 7 with the installation of new City Commissioner Al Goldstein. Goldstein was elected without opposition for a two-year... — Updated 5/8/2019

 By Robert Connors    News

CRA Grant Program Aims to Boost Food-Related Businesses

New restaurants, coffee shops, micro-breweries and grocery stores planned for the heart of Lake Wales are eligible to take advantage of up to $50,000 from a new CRA grant program... — Updated 5/8/2019


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