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City Commission to Look at Pilot Program for Police Body Cameras

Lake Wales city commissioners agreed Jan. 19 to hold off on full implementation of a police worn body camera initiative and instead consider a more limited pilot program. City... — Updated 1/21/2021

 By Chevon T. Baccus APR    News 

Curtis Gibson Not Seeking Re-election to City Commission

Two-term Lake Wales City Commissioner Curtis Gibson announced Tuesday that he will not seek re-election in April. At the end of their regular meeting Jan. 19, Gibson told his... — Updated 1/21/2021

 By Brian Ackley    News 

Shovels to be in the Ground by Summer for Lake Wales Connected Revitalization Plan

City leaders are anticipating shovels in the ground this summer in what will be the first project in its award-winning "Lake Wales Connected" revitalization plan for the historic... — Updated 1/22/2021

 By Chevon T. Baccus APR    News 

Police Community Relations Committee to Meet Jan. 25

The next meeting of the Lake Wales Citizens and Police Community Relations Advisory Committee is scheduled for 6 p.m. Monday, Jan. 25 at the city administration building, 201 W.... — Updated 1/21/2021


Museum's Mimi Hardman Collections and Research Center Dedication Jan. 23

The Lake Wales History Museum will dedicate the new Mimi Hardman Collections and Research Center at the restored 1916 Seaboard Airline Freight Station, one of its iconic buildings... — Updated 1/21/2021

 By Brian Ackley    News 

City's CRA to Purchase Vacant Lots to Jumpstart Affordable Housing Initiative

The Lake Wales Community Redevelopment Agency has approved spending $10,000 to purchase two vacant lots on B Street to help jump start a new affordable housing initiative in that... — Updated 1/21/2021


Commission Considers Purchase of Police Body Cameras at Jan. 19 Meeting

Two Lake Wales city commissioners are calling for the implementation of a police worn body camera system, but it will take a third to make it happen. Despite having no firm... — Updated 1/19/2021


Fort Fraser Trail Extension Receives Approval

Land donations from Orlando Health and the Sanlan RV & Golf Resort will provide a clear path to an extension of the Fort Fraser Trail. The donations, which were approved for... — Updated 1/15/2021

 By Brian Ackley    News

AdventHealth Lake Wales Official Gives COVID Vaccine Update

AdventHealth Lake Wales is having no major issues in handling Covid-19 patients, according the Chief Operating Officer Rebecca Brewer, and expects to have vaccinations available to... — Updated 1/10/2021


Polk COVID-19 Vaccine Opened Jan. 8 to Heavy Call Volume

The Florida Department of Health Polk County's COVID-19 vaccine hotline opened to the public the morning of Jan. 8 and by 1 p.m. all reservations for next week's vaccine event were... — Updated 1/10/2021


City Approves Permit for Arts Festival Feb. 19-21

The Lake Wales City Commission Dec. 1 approved its first permit for a large-scale event in 2021 – the 50th annual arts festival the weekend of Feb. 19-21. Lake Wales Arts Council... — Updated 12/25/2020


Warning: Scammers Claiming to be Police Asking for Personal Financial Information

The Lake Wales Police Department wants the community to be aware of a phone scam, where the scammer is claiming to be with the police. Deputy Chief Troy Schulze said Nov. 30 citizen... — Updated 12/25/2020

 By Brian Ackley    News

LWPD Provides Gifts, Meal for 70 Local Children in "Shop with a Cop" Program

A lot was different about this year's "Shop With A Cop" event, except for one very important thing – dozens of local families will have a much merrier Christmas because of the... — Updated 12/25/2020

 By Brian Ackley    News

City Commission Adopting Rules to Eliminate Panhandling

Responding to complaints from downtown visitors, Lake Wales commissioners have unanimously approved the first reading of a new panhandling ordinance for the city. The new law is pat... — Updated 12/25/2020


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


City Coordinating Santa Calls to Local Children Dec. 21-22

To brighten Christmas for local children, the City of Lake Wales is offering calls from Santa Dec. 21 and 22. The city Recreation Department is coordinating the calls both nights... — Updated 12/11/2020


Third Citizen Police Advisory Forum Scheduled Dec. 17

The Citizens and Police Community Relations Advisory Council will hold its third public forum on Dec. 17. The town hall style meeting is designed for citizens to communicate with th... — 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

 By Brian Ackley    News

City Creating Master Plan for Parks, Trails, Open Spaces

City leaders are continuing to cast an eye towards improving the quality of life by approving the creation of a master plan for parks, trails and open spaces in Lake Wales.... — Updated 12/2/2020


Mural of Oranges, Blossoms and Butterflies Brightens Downtown

Lakeland artist Gillian Fazio specializes in "new age flora and fauna." She completed her largest project this week in downtown Lake Wales, a 3,000-square-foot mural of oranges,... — Updated 12/2/2020


Design Team Unveils Market Plaza Redevelopment Concepts

Design team members for the Lake Wales Connected downtown revitalization plan on Nov. 18 unveiled concepts for turning Market Plaza into a community gathering place. About 30... — Updated 11/19/2020


Commissioners Approve New City Manager's Employment Contract

The Lake Wales City Commission on Nov. 17 formalized its selection of James Slaton as city manager by approving his employment contract. The Commission voted unanimously Oct. 20 to... — Updated 11/18/2020


Virtual Open House Nov. 18 for Public Input on Market Plaza Re-Design Concepts

The public is invited to a virtual open house Nov. 18 to provide feedback to the design team on preliminary concepts for Market Plaza. A portion of the Market Plaza re-design will... — Updated 11/18/2020


Commissioners Agree to Restrict Public Comments at Meetings

To make their meetings more "orderly and efficient," city commissioners agreed Nov. 17 to place restrictions on who can speak during the "communications and petitions" portion at... — Updated 11/18/2020


City Commissioners Define their Official Duties

City Commissioner Al Goldstein said when he took office in 2019 he was a little unclear about what his official responsibilities entailed. The duties of commissioners were not... — Updated 11/18/2020


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