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FAA to Fund Apron Reconstruction at Lake Wales Airport

Thanks to a grant from the Federal Aviation Administration, Lake Wales Airport will soon receive a new east apron. The City Commission awarded the project contract to low-bidder... — Updated 10/20/2021

 By Robert Connors    News 
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Lake Wales Housing Land Rush Shows No Sign of Slowing

The rush to develop housing in Lake Wales shows no sign of abating as new proposals continue to come before the Lake Wales City Commission. Tuesday's agenda saw an approval of an... — Updated 10/20/2021

 By Robert Connors    News 
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SR 60 Overpass Construction "On Schedule"

The massive $45 million project to replace the obsolete bridge over US 27 in Lake Wales is continuing apace, but the comings months will see multiple traffic interruptions, the... — Updated 10/20/2021

 By Tom Paulson    News
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Olmsted Streetscapes Get New Life After 90 Years

Wielding spades and smiles, some two dozen volunteers planted 30 young trees along Fourth Street South in Lake Wales Saturday morning, the first of more than 1,000 trees Lake Wales... — Updated 10/20/2021

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Florida Citrus Production Continues to Show Precipitous Drop

In a citrus crop forecast released Tuesday, Agriculture Commissioner Nikki Fried mentioned a startling number for Florida's peak citrus production: 244 million boxes in the 1997-98... — Updated 10/20/2021

 By Tom Paulson    News
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CRA Restaurant Incentive Grant Attracts New Ice Cream Outlet Downtown

Riding on the success of his downtown seafood restaurant, Steve Manwell has big plans to add an ice cream shop just across the street. That idea received a solid boost this week.... — Updated 10/20/2021

 By Tom Paulson    News
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City Commission Adds 30-Year Extension to Life of CRA

A 30-year extension of the life of the Lake Wales Community Redevelopment Agency (CRA) will guarantee a continuing flow of revenue for community improvements, including street and... — Updated 10/13/2021

 By Robert Connors    News

New Traffic Roundabouts, Bike Lanes, Sidewalks May Be Coming to Buck Moore Road

With hundreds of new homes slated for construction along the booming Buck Moore Road, Lake Wales City Commissioners have unanimously approved hiring an engineering firm to conduct... — Updated 10/9/2021

 By Brian Ackley    News

City Commission Districts to be Re-Drawn

Lake Wales will likely have to tweak the borders of its four voting districts since the 2020 U.S. Census showed the city had grown by about 15 percent in the last decade. The... — Updated 10/9/2021

 By Tom Paulson    News
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Lake Wales Heritage to Landscape 4th Street October 9th

After more than 90 years, new flowering trees will soon be planted as part of a city-wide landscaping effort. More than two dozen new flowering trees will line several blocks of... — Updated 10/9/2021

 By Robert Connors    News
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Robin Gibson Plans Major Downtown Building Restoration

As the city prepares to embark on a transformative Lake Wales Connected redesign of the historic Park Avenue that forms the heart of downtown Lake Wales, one city commissioner is... — Updated 10/8/2021

 By Robert Connors    News
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More than 8,000 New Dwellings Planned in Lake Wales

Plans and proposals for new housing developments in Lake Wales have come in waves during 2021 and show no sign of abating. More than 8,300 new dwellings are now "visible" on the... — Updated 10/6/2021

 By News Staff    News

Ora "Oz" Caldwell Taken by Covid-19

Ora "Oz" Caldwell of Lake Wales passed away September 9th due to complications of Covid-19. Known to many by his nickname of "the Great One," Caldwell was a graduate of West Point... — Updated 10/4/2021


Construction Delays Mean Commuter Headaches

A Polk County bridge replacement project is keeping Walk In Water Road east of Lake Wales closed until early November. Crews are working to complete the new span over Tiger Creek and rebuild the roadway approaches, Polk County... — Updated 9/28/2021

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AdventHealth Issues Update of Covid-19 Status

AdventHealth's COVID-19 patient census continued to drop this week to about 660 patients hospitalized across our hospitals in Orange, Seminole, Osceola, Polk, Lake, Volusia and... — Updated 9/28/2021


New Lake Wales Community Calendar a Game-Changer

Every civic club, church, and sponsoring organization in Lake Wales is invited to take advantage of the free advertising available for their events, meetings, and services simply... — Updated 9/28/2021

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Electric Vehicle Show Comes to Lake Wales September 25

A small fleet of electric vehicles is expected to roll quietly into downtown Lake Wales on September 25, where they will be on display along Market Street in conjunction with the... — Updated 9/25/2021

 By Tom Paulson    News

Millions in Grants Offered to Polk Organizations

A variety of area organizations including those providing support for the impacts of Covid-19 in our communities are now eligible to receive American Rescue Act funds made... — Updated 9/24/2021

 By Robert Connors    News

Federal Funds to Aid in Downtown Streetscape

The process of converting barren downtown streets into a shady pedestrian oasis got a financial boost as the City expects to receive a Federal grant. In a presentation to area citizens via an Internet link from Washington DC... — Updated 9/23/2021

 By News.Net Staff    News
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Congressman Darren Soto Accepting Nominations to Service Academies

Applications to the United States Military Academy at West Point, New York, The US Naval Academy at Annapolis, Maryland, the US Air Force Academy at Colorado Springs, Colorado, and... — Updated 9/23/2021

 By Betsy Cleveland    News

Supervisor of Elections to Conduct Voter Registration Drive

The Polk County Supervisor of Elections will join in a nationwide effort to register voters on Tuesday, September 28th in celebration of National Voter Registration Day. Registration tables will be available at seven locations... — Updated 9/22/2021

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City Considers Transferring Museum Operations to "Friends" Group

After several years of operations as a purely city-run facility, the Lake Wales History Museum may soon be under the control of a not-for-profit group once again. The Wednesday... — Updated 9/22/2021


AdventHealth Transitions to Normal Operations

ORLANDO, Fla., Sept. 17, 2021 – The number of COVID-19 patients hospitalized across AdventHealth’s Central Florida system remained on a downward slope this week to about 850 as the hospital transitioned back to normal... — Updated 9/17/2021


Elections Supervisor Lori Edwards Now Hiring Poll Workers for Future Elections

Polk County residents are invited to apply to become election workers during an informational meeting scheduled for Thursday, September 23rd. “These are paid positions working at polling places on Election Day,” explained... — Updated 9/16/2021

 By Tom Paulson    News
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Chamber to Introduce New CEO at Reception

A September 28 reception has been scheduled to give Lake Wales Area Chamber of Commerce members an opportunity to meet the new head of the organization's economic development... — Updated 9/15/2021


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