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By Chevon T. Baccus APR
Executive Editor 

City May Take Possession of Historic Seminole Hotel

 

Last updated 7/1/2020 at 9:05am

Chevon Baccus

The City of Lake Wales may take possession of the historic Seminole Hotel, now two and one-half years after it was first condemned as unsafe.

The Lake Wales Code Enforcement Board Thursday, June 25 authorized the city to move forward with foreclosing on the property, since owner Cardiff Howell had been unable to correct multiple code violations or to sell the hotel to someone who could restore it.

If the city takes possession, commissioners will have to decide what to do with the hotel. Former assistant city manager Kathy Bangley had advocated demolition until the only bid came in a year a...



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