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By Chevon T. Baccus APR
Executive Editor 

City Likely to Keep Code Board and Use Magistrate for Some Issues

Bangley Rejects Former Mayor While Citing Lack of Applicants


Last updated 1/13/2020 at 8:24am

Former Lake Wales Mayor Mike Carter and Assistant City Manager Kathy Bangley

Facing vocal opposition to eliminating the citizen Code Enforcement Board, Lake Wales city commissioners expressed support for a hybrid system where they would keep the board but also hire a magistrate to handle more complex quasi-judicial issues.

City commissioners Terrye Howell and Curtis Gibson at their Jan. 7 meeting opposed the staff recommendation to eliminate both the Code Enforcement Board and Board of Appeals, saying they wanted to encourage more citizen involvement and that local people would understand the community better than an outside lawyer. Gibson noted he served on the Cod...

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