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 By Robert Connors    News

City, CRA Give Go-Ahead to $18.5 Million Bond Issue

An $18.5 million bond issuance received final approval from the Lake Wales City Commission on Tuesday, completing the funding of the award-winning Lake Wales Connected project. The... — Updated 12/27/2022

 By Robert Connors    News

Walesbilt Lawsuit Conclusion Chances Raised by City Commissioner

A quick end to a lawsuit over title to the Walesbilt Hotel was raised as a possibility during a meeting of the Lake Wales Community Redevelopment Agency on Tuesday. "There is a... — Updated 12/15/2022

 By Robert Connors    News

Five City Candidates Discussed Issues At Monday Forum

More than 70 guests gathered Monday evening at the Lake Wales Woman's Club to hear all five candidates for election to two city posts discuss issues and answer questions. Speaking... — Updated 3/21/2022

 By Robert Connors    News

City Proceeds With Suit Against Dixie Walesbilt LLC

Following the collapse of negotiations Lake Wales Community Redevelopment Agency is proceeding with a lawsuit against the Dixie Walesbilt LLC. That action is expected to filed by... — Updated 2/17/2022

 By Robert Connors    News

City, CRA File 12-Count Lawsuit Against Dixie Walesbilt LLC

The fate of the storied Walesbilt Hotel has been placed in the hands of the courts after the City of Lake Wales and the Community Redevelopment Agency filed a twelve-count lawsuit... — Updated 2/8/2022

 By Robert Connors    News

Walesbilt Hotel Proposal Still Alive, Under Deadline to Avoid Suit

A long-awaited proposal to redevelop the prominent former Walesbilt Hotel into a luxury full-service hotel and conference center is still viable, according to representatives of... — Updated 1/26/2022

 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


City Investment in Walesbilt Project Justified

Symbols of Success and Failure Long recognized as the dominant symbol of downtown Lake Wales, the eleven-story Walesbilt Hotel is now among the dominant topics of conversation in... — 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, Walesbilt Developers Open Negotiations With a "Productive" Meeting

A proposed multi-million dollar rehabilitation and redevelopment of the eleven-story Walesbilt Hotel in downtown Lake wales crept closer to reality Tuesday as representatives of a... — Updated 1/6/2022

 By Robert Connors    News

City Commission Agrees To Negotiate Hotel Deal Under Deadline

With a promise to hold a special meeting if needed, Lake Wales City Commissioners agreed Tuesday evening to enter negotiations with a development consortium hoping to rehabilitate... — Updated 1/5/2022

 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


City Explores Legal Action to Take Back Historic Walesbilt Hotel

Lake Wales city commissioners at their March 16 meeting are expected to authorize legal action that could lead to the city taking back the historic Dixie Walesbilt Hotel. Also... — Updated 12/20/2021

 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 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


Commissioners Give Walesbilt Developer Notice as First Step to Reclaiming Hotel

Lake Wales City Commissioners March 16 agreed to notify the owners of the historic Walesbilt Hotel that they are in breach of their development contract – the first step in the... — Updated 3/24/2021


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


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

 By Robert Connors    News

Planning Professionals Unveil Design Concepts for Revitalized Downtown

A vision of restored brick streets and sidewalk cafes under the shade of umbrellas and spreading Live Oaks changed many viewers' ideas of the future of downtown Lake Wales Thursday... — Updated 8/13/2020

 By Robin Gibson    News

Community Redevelopment Agency: How It's Supposed to Work

This is the second installment in the Lake Wales Renaissance series. Robin Gibson is a city commissioner and deputy mayor, who chairs the Lake Wales Community Redevelopment... — Updated 5/26/2020

 By Robin Gibson    News

Walesbilt Hotel Saga: Lessons Learned

This is the fourth installment in the Lake Wales Renaissance series. Lake Wales City Commissioner Robin Gibson serves as deputy mayor and chairman of the city's Community... — Updated 5/26/2020

 By Robin Gibson    News

Longleaf Saga: Lessons Learned

This is the third installment in the Lake Wales Renaissance series. Lake Wales City Commissioner Robin Gibson serves as deputy mayor and chairman of the city's Community Redevelopme... — Updated 5/26/2020


Hop on the History Bus Saturday, Feb. 1

The Lake Wales History Museum will hold its next history bus tour from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, Feb. 1. The tour will feature old Florida history, driving through the heart of... — Updated 1/28/2020


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