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By Chevon T. Baccus APR
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City Approves New Lake Belle Development Despite Neighbor Protests


Last updated 7/8/2021 at 9:17am

Proposed Belle Lago development

Despite objections from nearby Ridge Manor residents, the Lake Wales City Commission July 6 approved preliminary plans for an 84-home subdivision on Lake Belle.

City Attorney Chuck Galloway said denying the project could subject the city to litigation since the Belle Lago project obtained approval of the city's Planning and Zoning Board and met or exceeded the city's requirements for such a development.

Attorney Shelby Loveless, who lives in the area, cited concerns about safety, noise, street lights and potential flooding. After the three hurricanes in 2004 homes in the area flooded, res...

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