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By Chevon T. Baccus APR
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City, Developer View Seminole Hotel Potential Very Differently


Last updated 5/3/2019 at 9:53am

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Where Kathy Bangley sees rodent droppings, leaking water and rotten wood, Ray Brown sees a solid, old building with great potential.

Where Kathy Bangley sees an old hotel in "horrific" condition, Ray Brown envisions new studio apartments.

Where Kathy Bangley sees trash, Ray Brown sees treasure.

Kathy Bangley is the pragmatic director of planning and development for the City of Lake Wales.

Ray Brown is a visionary historic preservationist and developer.

Brown wants to restore the 1929 Seminole Hotel on First Street. Bangley says it's unsafe and she wants it demolished.

The Seminole sits j...

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