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.