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Busy May for City's Northwest Business District

May will be a big month in the city's northwest business district. Community Redevelopment Agency Coordinator Darrell Starling called it the "coming out party for economic... — Updated 4/15/2021


3 Public Input Workshops Set for City Recreation Master Plan

The public is invited to help create the city's Recreation Master Plan by attending one of three public workshops in the coming weeks. Engineering and planning consulting firm S&ME... — Updated 4/15/2021


Fire Hydrant Flow Testing May Produce Brown Water

The Water Department will be flow testing all fire hydrants in the City of Lake Wales starting on Tuesday, April 27. Two technicians will be performing the work. It will continue... — Updated 4/15/2021

 By Brian Ackley    News 

New City Horticulturist Starts Planting Project by Mural

Lake Wales Main Street's most recent mural project at Scenic Highway and Stuart Avenue called "Slice of Happiness" is about to get a whole lot happier. With a new full-time... — Updated 4/15/2021


Brush Fire Dangers in Polk Persist

Despite recent thunderstorms, the chances for significant brush fires in Polk County continues. Polk's firefighters were called to 107 brush fires in March, up 65 percent from 65 br... — Updated 4/15/2021


Polk Eviction Prevention Program Helps those Impacted by COVID-19

Polk County's COVID-19 Eviction Prevention Program is assisting tenants who are unable to pay rent due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The program, using federally approved funds, assists... — Updated 4/15/2021

 By Brian Ackley    News 

Drone Helping with Local Crime Fighting

Collaboration between different city departments is a daily occurrence at Lake Wales City Hall. But one of the more unique partnerships help show the good side of Lake Wales and is... — Updated 4/15/2021


Remove Food Attractants to Reduce Conflicts with Bears

As spring temperatures warm, bears are becoming more active, increasing opportunities for conflicts with people. The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) reminds... — Updated 4/15/2021


Defeated Commissioner Blames Racism, Says City on "Cusp of Destruction"

Still stinging from his April 6 defeat by just 32 votes, Lake Wales City Commissioner Al Goldstein came out swinging the next morning – citing racism as a primary factor in his... — Updated 4/8/2021


All Seven City Charter Changes Approved by Wide Margins

Lake Wales voters April 6 approved by wide margins, ranging from 82 to 92 percent, all seven proposed changes to the City Charter. City commissioners appointed a Charter Review... — Updated 4/8/2021


City Voters to Consider Seven Charter Changes on April 6 Ballot

Lake Wales voters will consider seven proposed changes to the city Charter when they go to the polls for the April 6 municipal election. City commissioners approved placing all... — Updated 4/8/2021


Fitzgerald, Williams Elected to City Commission in Close Vote

Editor's Note: More analysis of the city election will be included in future stories. In the closest races in recent history, Daniel Williams and Kris Fitzgerald won election to... — Updated 4/8/2021


Voter Turnout Appears Light for April 6 City Election

In person voters in the April 6 Lake Wales municipal election trickled in with only 139 casting ballots during the first few hours. A total of 9,790 Lake Wales citizens are... — Updated 4/6/2021


Navarro and Williams for LW City Commission Seat 2

Seat 2 on the Lake Wales City Commission will have a new occupant after the April 6 municipal election – either Ricardo Navarro or Daniel Williams. Incumbent Commissioner Curtis... — Updated 4/3/2021


Fitzgerald and Goldstein for LW City Commission Seat 4

In the April 6 municipal election political newcomer Kris Fitzgerald faces off with incumbent Al Goldstein to represent Seat 4 on the Lake Wales City Commission. One of the few... — Updated 4/3/2021


Voters in Tuesday City Election Encouraged to Look Up Polling Place

Voters in the Tuesday, April 6 Lake Wales municipal election may look up their polling location at "Polling locations may be different for city elections, so... — Updated 4/1/2021


City Approves Contract for Top-to-Bottom Review of Police Department

A team of law enforcement experts from the Center for Public Safety Management will conduct a full analysis of the Lake Wales Police Department to recommend improvements. The city... — Updated 4/1/2021


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


Library Outdoor Lockers Offer 24-7 Access to Books, Movies and Audio Books

The Lake Wales Public Library's Intelligent Locker System is up and running. Located outside at the library's main entrance, the locker system is connected to the library network... — Updated 4/1/2021


Investigation Finds No Criminal Wrongdoing by Lake Wales Police Officers

Lake Wales Police Chief Chris Velasquez released an investigative report Friday, March 26 that concluded there was no evidence of criminal wrongdoing by two officers during a Feb.... — 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


Polk HealthCare Plan Increases Income Eligibility Levels to Assist More People

The income eligibility guidelines for the Polk HealthCare Plan (PHP) are expanding to assist more residents in need in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Those who applied... — Updated 3/24/2021


Lake Wales Curbside Junk Cleanup Saturday, March 27

Republic Services will be conducting a Curbside Spring Clean-up inside the city limits of Lake Wales on Saturday, March 27. Residents are encouraged to roundup their junk and place... — Updated 3/24/2021


Work Continues on US 27 and SR 60 Interchange

The Florida Department of Transportation is a few months into work on the reconstruction of the interchange of SR 60 and US 27 in Lake Wales. The current interchange configuration... — Updated 3/17/2021


Four Candidates Vying for Two City Commission Seats April 6

Editor's Note: Check out questionnaires submitted by the four candidates in our People section. Videos of a candidate forum can be viewed at The https://www.face... — Updated 3/17/2021


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