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 By Chevon T. Baccus APR    News 

Atheist Offering Invocation at Commission Meeting Met with Resistance, Prayer

About 30 people stood outside the Lake Wales city administration building praying to God while Sarah Ray of the Atheist Community of Polk County gave the invocation at the city... — Updated 8/5/2020

 
 By Chevon T. Baccus APR    News 

Split Commission Moves Forward with Mask Mandate

Lake Wales commissioners in a 3-2 split vote Aug. 4 took the first step toward mandating masks in businesses throughout the city. Their ordinance would not take effect until after... — Updated 8/5/2020

 
 By Robert Connors    News 

Planning Professionals Unveil Design Concepts for Revitalized Downtown

A vision of restored brick streets and sidewalk cafes under the shade of umbrellas and spreading Live Oaks changed many viewers' ideas of the future of downtown Lake Wales Thursday... — Updated 8/5/2020

 

Some Form of Mask Mandate Likely at Aug. 4 Meeting

The city's proposed emergency face mask mandate doesn't have the four votes needed to pass, but Lake Wales City Commissioners who support it have a backup plan at their Aug. 4... — Updated 8/4/2020

 

Commissioners Unhappy Atheist to Give Invocation at Aug. 4 Meeting

Some Lake Wales city commissioners are not happy with the "special guest" Lake Wales City Clerk Jennifer Nanek announced would be praying at their Tuesday, Aug. 4 meeting. With the... — Updated 8/4/2020 Full story

 

Park Avenue Streetscape Design Unveiling Postponed to July 30

The initial unveiling of drawings for the proposed Park Avenue Streetscape in downtown Lake Wales has been postponed three weeks but the public will have multiple opportunities for... — Updated 7/31/2020

 
 By Brian Ackley    News

City Approves Two Positions to Focus on Northwest Community

Lake Wales City Commissioners have given the green light to fund two positions largely concentrated on improving the quality of life in the city's northwest community. Acting as... — Updated 7/30/2020

 

Commissioners in Split Vote Reject Raises for Themselves

Although it would only cost about an extra $8,300 for the year, the Lake Wales City Commission in a split vote decided not to approve a potential 30 percent salary hike for... — Updated 7/30/2020

 
 By Robin Gibson    News

Trees Trees Trees

This is the tenth 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 7/30/2020 Full story

 

Lake Wales Chamber Board Votes to Support Face Mask Mandate

The Lake Wales Chamber of Commerce and Economic Development Council Board of Directors went on record Friday July 24 calling for the city commission to adopt an emergency resolution... — Updated 7/30/2020 Full story

 

City of Lake Wales & Polk County Distributing Free Face Masks

As the number of confirmed cases of COVID-19 continue to rise in Polk County and Lake Wales, the City of Lake Wales has partnered with Polk County government services to distribute... — Updated 7/22/2020

 
 By Robin Gibson    News

Design Creates Value

This is the ninth 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 7/15/2020 Full story

 

City Hires Mark Bennett as New Development Services Director

Lake Wales Interim City Manager James Slaton has hired certified planner Mark Bennett to become the city's new Development Services director. "I'm coming home so to speak," said... — Updated 7/15/2020

 

Community Invited to Discuss City's Future Development in Online Public Meeting July 8

The City of Lake Wales is holding an interactive public workshop July 8 to discuss the city's current development trends, long-term vision, priorities, opportunities and needs. The... — Updated 7/8/2020

 
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Sealed Vote by Mail Return Envelope Concerns Voter

Polk Supervisor of Elections Lori Edwards has confirmed "a very small handful of people" have reported problems with their vote by mail return envelopes being sealed shut. Lance... — Updated 8/5/2020

 
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School Board Candidate Forum Available for Viewing Online

The four candidates for two Polk County School Board seats participated in an online forum that through Facebook has reached more than 6,000 viewers and garnered more than 1,100 com... — Updated 8/5/2020

 
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Early Voting Sites Open Aug. 3-15

Eligible voters may vote in advance of the Aug. 18 Statewide Primary Election at nine convenient locations around Polk County. Early voting in Lake Wales will be at the James P.... — Updated 8/5/2020

 

Polk School Board Candidate Forum Set for July 27

The four candidates for Polk County School Board will be participating in a public forum Monday, July 27, just three weeks before the Aug. 18 election. Brandon Alvarado from the... — Updated 7/26/2020

 

Vote by Mail Ballots Available for Aug. 18 Primary

Ballots are now available for eligible voters who wish to vote by mail in Florida's Statewide Primary Election on Aug. 18. No stamp is necessary to return the ballot as the return... — Updated 7/23/2020

 

County Seeks Focus Group Participants to Improve Communication

The Communications Division is working to improve Polk County's communications process to ensure we are providing the best service to our residents. With an increasing reliance on s... — Updated 7/22/2020

 

Something for Everyone on Aug. 18 Ballot

Lori Edwards, Polk County Supervisor of Elections, reminds voters that there is something for everyone to vote on in the upcoming Aug. 18 election. The Statewide Primary Election... — Updated 7/15/2020

 

Police Setting Up "Rallying Points" for Informal Chats with Citizens

EDITOR'S NOTE: The second "rallying point" gathering is scheduled for 9:30 a.m. July 16, weather permitting at Howell Family Park on Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard. The Lake... — Updated 7/15/2020

 

Consultants Tap Community Ideas to Develop 20-Year Growth Plan

For the first time in 20 years, the City of Lake Wales is undertaking a full overhaul of its Comprehensive Plan. The consulting firm S & ME conducted an online public workshop... — Updated 7/15/2020

 
 By Brian Ackley    News

Commissioners Delay City Manager Search While Giving Slaton "Test Drive"

Lake Wales commissioners are hitting the pause button on their search for a new city manager. Interim City Manager James Slaton will stay in that position while a new 2020-21... — Updated 7/15/2020

 

Commission Votes to Encourage Masks, Stops Short of Mandate

The Lake Wales City Commission voted Tuesday to encourage people to wear masks or similar face coverings to limit the spread of the COVID-19 virus. Commissioners stopped short of... — Updated 7/13/2020

 

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