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By Brian Ackley
City of Lake Wales 

City Grant Helps Melanie's Seafood Open for Take-Out Amid State Restrictions


Last updated 5/13/2020 at 3:48pm

Steve Manwell with city's first restaurant incentive grant.

March 20 will be a day not soon forgotten by Steve Manwell.

It was the first day he and his wife opened Melanie's Seafood Company at 120 Park Avenue, becoming the inaugural local eatery to take advantage of the Lake Wales Community Redevelopment Agency's Restaurant Incentive Program.

It also so happened to be the same day Florida Governor Ron DeSantis announced the state's new stay-at-home guidelines. Suddenly, months of planning and renovation work at 120 Park Avenue seemed in jeopardy.

"That was very, very difficult to learn that day," he recalled.

But the Manwells have been popular loca...

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