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By Chevon T. Baccus APR
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Commissioners Question Why City Hall is Still Closed to Visitors

Interim City Manager Defends His Conservative Approach


Last updated 9/10/2020 at 3:17pm

Main City administration building on Central Avenue

Lake Wales Interim City Manger James Slaton says if your grocery store has an outbreak of COVID-19 among its employees you can always go to another store. But he says there's no alternative if the pandemic impacts a large number of city employees.

That's how Slaton justifies keeping city buildings shut down to visitors, when so many other businesses and government offices are opening.

"There's no replacement for what we do," Slaton said, noting the city is taking a conservative approach to reopening, while expanding technology to make sure it's still serving the public.

"I see no need, no...

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