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By Chevon T. Baccus APR
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Commissioners Give Walesbilt Developer Notice as First Step to Reclaiming Hotel


Last updated 3/24/2021 at 9:32am

Lake Wales City Commissioners March 16 agreed to notify the owners of the historic Walesbilt Hotel that they are in breach of their development contract – the first step in the city potentially trying to regain ownership of the property.

Developer Ray Brown, the principal of Dixie-Walesbilt LLC, tried to convince commissioners that he had met the two major milestones put in place more than 10 years ago. But only Commissioner Curtis Gibson voted to hold off on the notice, suggesting the city should sit down with Brown and try to work out a plan for him to proceed with development.

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Reader Comments(1)

gator63 writes:

When I moved here in July of 2015, there was talk of the Walesbilt Hotel becoming a major source of hotel rooms for Legoland. Since that time, there have have been 3 hotels built between here and Legoland znd another hotel has been closed. What a pro-business message is being sent to prospective investors by our City Commissioners! We have an election coming up shortly. We are being presented with a golden opportunity to get rid of some deadwood and elect some people who really want to see Lake Wales succeed.


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