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 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 

Lake Wales Artist Sought for Huge Project Grant

Beautifying Lake Wales has been a theme of multiple efforts for more than a year, and the Lake Wales Community Redevelopment Agency has now offered a new twist. The CRA is actively... — Updated 1/26/2022

 
 By Brian Ackley    News 

City Development Services Adds Staff to Keep Up With Surge in Proposals

The year just ended saw a wave of filings for growth projects in the city, with more than a dozen subdivision, townhome and apartment complex proposals now on the books. The new... — Updated 1/26/2022

 
 By Tom Paulson    News 

City, Civic Groups Plan Celebration of Olmsted Heritage Parks

A "family fun event" this spring will recognize the legendary figure who created the city's original streetscapes, as well as Bok Tower Gardens and Mountain Lake. The all-day event... — Updated 1/26/2022

 
 By Tom Paulson    News 

Election Workers Sought to Assist in Voting Process

Multiple paid positions are open to help run the elections process in Polk County this election year, according to Supervisor of Elections Lori Edwards. Polk County residents are... — Updated 1/26/2022

 
 By Tom Paulson    News 

New Traffic Light Planned for Scenic Highway at Mountain Lake Road

A dangerous and often congested intersection of Scenic Highway and Mountain Lake Road on the near north side of Lake Wales is expected to become a bit safer after the Florida... — Updated 1/26/2022

 
 By Tom Paulson    News

Lake Wales Theatre Cancelled January 21-23 Due to Covid Cases

Exposure to the Covid-19 virus among members of the cast and crew at Lake Wales Little Theatre have interrupted the current schedule of performances, causing the cancellation of... — Updated 1/26/2022

 
 By Robert Connors    News

600-unit Development to feature 152 Townhomes Near Winn-Dixie

Lake Wales is slated to get its first-ever townhome project this year as the Lake Wales City Commission gave its approval to the preliminary plat for Hunt Club Grove North, a... — Updated 1/19/2022

 
 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 Tom Paulson    News

First New SR 60 Bridge Beams Set Despite Inclement Weather

Construction of the first of two new bridges designed to carry traffic on SR 60 over US 27 took a major step forward over the weekend despite a spate of inclement weather. Crews... — Updated 1/19/2022

 
 By Tom Paulson    News

Lake Wales Investors Purchase Friedlander Building With Plans for Apartments, Restaurant

The historic Friedlander Department Store building has been purchased by Lake Wales investor Tammy James and her husband Stephen James. The building at 101 East Park stands at the... — Updated 1/18/2022

 
 By Robert Connors    News

US 27 Closure to Impact Traffic This Weekend

The impending 54-hour closure of US 27 is expected to snarl traffic throughout the city for an entire weekend, but Florida Department of Transportation planners are taking steps to... — Updated 1/18/2022

 
 By Robert Connors    News

Six Candidates Remain in Charter School Superintendent Search

Six candidates for superintendent of Lake Wales Charter Schools are still under consideration following the latest meeting of the ten-member search committee, according to... — Updated 1/18/2022

 
 By Robert Connors    News

Lakeshore Club Villas May Qualify for Federal Infrastructure Funds

An initiative by Congressman Darren Soto may bring help for a problematic sewer system that may be polluting surface waters. Rep. Soto was involved in the passage of the INVERT... — Updated 1/18/2022

 
 By Robert Connors    News

Lake Wales Observes Martin Luther King Jr. Day With Events

Congressman Darren Soto, Mayor Eugene Fultz, Deputy Mayor Robin Gibson and other elected officials were among speakers presenting Monday as Lake Wales marks the national holiday of... — Updated 1/17/2022

 
 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 To Expand Again With Large Voluntary Annexations

The ongoing transition of the Lake Wales area from broad tracts of citrus to new housing projects is taking another leap forward as two prominent citrus families have proposed... — Updated 1/12/2022

 
 By Robert Connors    News

Lake Wales Airport Seeing Significant Growth, Improvements

With growth in Lake Wales expected to accelerate in coming years, Lake Wales Airport is staying ahead of the curve, and plans are being laid for further improvements, according to... — Updated 1/9/2022

 
 By Robert Connors    News

"Traffic-geddon" Coming To Lake Wales as US 27 Closing Causes Detours

An unprecedented closing of US 27 will snarl traffic through Lake Wales in mid-January, routing traffic from the busy corridor along several area streets and highways. The Florida... — Updated 1/9/2022

 
 By Robert Connors    News

KT Sunshine Festival is This Weekend in Lake Wailes Park

The inspiration of a shortened life is raining sunshine on many others as a result of the efforts of local resident Ginny Castle. Castle, who's daughter KT died after being struck... — Updated 1/9/2022

 
 By Robert Connors    News

Actions by City, FDOT Open New Potential Apartment Site on Twin Lakes

A large tract of vacant land fronting upon Twin Lakes is now primed for development, thanks to a street redesign as part of the SR 60 bridge project. Lake Wales City Commissioners a... — Updated 1/7/2022

 
 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

Work Progresses On Historic Restoration Project

Those who appreciate the unique qualities of the Florida Boom Era architecture that has long identified Lake Wales will be pleased to see that one building in the historic district... — Updated 12/28/2021

 
 By Tom Paulson    News

Scenic Bluffs Development Receives Final Approval

Construction is expected to start in a matter of weeks on 55 new homes in the second phase of Scenic Bluffs. The City Commission approved the final plat of the subdivision at... — Updated 12/22/2021

 

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