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 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 Full story


Polk CARES 2020 Funding - Get Your Documents Ready!

Polk County's Board of County Commissioners has approved a plan that will help residents and small business owners left struggling financially from COVID-19 pandemic layoffs and bus... — Updated 5/26/2020

 By Chevon T. Baccus APR    News 

Commissioner Requests Additional Lake Wales Bus Stops

When Gus hops on the bus he may have some extra stop options in Lake Wales. Erin Killebrew, director of external affairs with the Citrus Connection, gave city commissioners an... — Updated 5/26/2020

 By Chevon T. Baccus APR    News 

City Approves Consulting Contract to Study Possible Recreation Complex

Lake Wales City Commissioners at their May 19 meeting approved hiring a Clearwater consultant to determine the feasibility of building a sports and recreation complex that might... — Updated 5/26/2020

 By Robin Gibson    News 

What's so Hot About Dover-Kohl?

This is the fifth 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 Full story

 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 Full story

 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 Full story

 By Robin Gibson    News

Dover Kohl Plan

I would like to thank Lake Wales News.Net for allowing me to become a guest columnist. The City Commission, sitting as the Community Redevelopment Agency, has unanimously adopted... — Updated 5/26/2020


Deputy Mayor Calls for City Manager to Take Early Retirement

Lake Wales Deputy Mayor Robin Gibson surprised his fellow commissioners at the end of their Tuesday May 19 meeting with a call for City Manager Ken Fields to begin planning for an e... — Updated 5/23/2020

 By Brian Ackley    News

City Commissioners Aim for In-Person Meetings Starting June 2

Lake Wales city commissioners are aiming for June 2 to resume having their meetings return to city hall. But that doesn't necessarily mean that every commissioner and city official... — Updated 5/20/2020


City May OK Feasibility Study for Sports and Recreation Complex

Lake Wales city officials are asking commissioners to green light a study to determine the feasibility of building a sports and recreation complex that might attract tournaments... — Updated 5/18/2020 Full story


Commissioner Upset with City Manager Push Back on Police Body Cameras

Three months after a Jan. 30 city workshop to discuss body worn cameras for Lake Wales police officers Commissioner Terrye Howell asked City Manager Ken Fields for an update. She... — Updated 5/13/2020 Full story

 By Brian Ackley    News

City Discussing Plans for Reopening Recreation, Other Facilities

City leaders are starting to take at look at plans to reopen Lake Wales facilities including city hall, recreation areas, parks and the library. But before anything is opened, they... — Updated 5/13/2020


Local Rotarians Raising Funds for Million Meal Challenge

Polk County Rotary Clubs are participating in a Million Meal Challenge being coordinated by Rotary District 6890 through Feeding Tampa Bay. The clubs and district are working to... — Updated 5/13/2020 Full story

 By Bill Braswell    News

Fed Sends County $126 Million

Polk County has been given 126 million dollars from the federal government. It literally was wired into our account with no prior notice. This happened last week. We have been... — Updated 5/6/2020

 By Brian Ackley    News

City Website to Offer Chat Function to Discuss Utility Issues

Lake Wales utility customers now have a new on-line way to communicate with the city. Starting Monday, a new "chat" function is live on the Lake Wales website (,... — Updated 5/6/2020


City Commissioners Discuss Possible Return to In-Person Public Meetings

Lake Wales City Commissioner Al Goldstein wants a return to in-person commission meetings sooner rather than later. He says while technology is improving he laments the loss of... — Updated 4/30/2020


Care Center Needs Food Pantry Donations at Two Drive-Up Sites

The Lake Wales Care Center needs donations for its food pantry to help hungry people during the COVID-19 pandemic. Items can be brought to a drive-up dropoff Monday through Friday... — Updated 4/29/2020


Attorney Cassandra Denmark to Become Circuit Judge in January

As a little girl growing up in Lake Wales Cassandra Denmark set her sights on first becoming an attorney and then a judge. That determination resulted in her current successful law... — Updated 4/29/2020


City Star Family Restaurant Spreads Happiness with 1,250 Free Meals

Since Latifa Attala opened City Star Family Restaurant 15 months ago her customers have become like family. To show her appreciation to the Lake Wales community Attala and her... — Updated 4/23/2020


AdventHealth Sees Promise in Repurposed Drugs to Treat the Most Severe Cases of COVID-19

As physicians face rising numbers of COVID-19 cases, they're trying innovative new solutions - such as repurposing existing drugs to target the deadly virus. At AdventHealth, two... — Updated 4/22/2020


Huston Treating Police Vehicles with Permasafe Antimicrobial Spray

Lake Wales police officers and the suspects they transport should now be safer thanks to a protective antimicrobial treatment of their 50 vehicles. Huston Cadillac Buick GMC is... — Updated 4/22/2020


AdventHealth Answers Frequently Asked Questions

Q: Are we prepared for a surge in patients? AdventHealth has aggressively been planning since February for a surge in patients. We have made significant investments in services,... — Updated 4/15/2020 Full story


Florida Poly Using 3-D Printers to Make Face Shields to Support AdventHealth

A team of Florida Polytechnic University faculty, staff, and students is working to build critical personal protection equipment for clinicians treating patients amid the current... — Updated 4/15/2020


City Accepts Charter Schools Offer of $575K for Old School Site

The Lake Wales City Commission in its role as the Community Redevelopment Agency (CRA) April 14 agreed to sell the old school property off Seminole Avenue to the Lake Wales Charter... — Updated 4/15/2020


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