Community Information

The City of Lake Wales was incorporated in May 1917 and has a present day population of over 16,000. Located at the crossroads of State Road 60 and U.S. Highway 27, Lake Wales continues to build for the present and future. Home to the nearby historic Bok Tower Gardens, the City has recommitted to fulfilling the Frederick Law Olmstead, Jr. vision of becoming a “City in a Garden”. The City’s mission is to serve and unify its citizens, to foster economic growth while building on Lake Wales’ small town values, and to promote the Edward Bok ethic that we make our City a “bit better or more beautiful” for being here.

Questions, comments or concerns? Contact Michael Manning at mmanning@lakewalesfl.gov or (863) 678-4182 Ext: 254

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  1. Road Advisory: Beginning the first week of June 2022, SR 60 near Frontage Road will be closed

    Beginning the first week of June 2022, SR 60 near Frontage Road will be closed while crews install the overhead sign truss. Read on...
  2. City of Lake Wales proclaims Ace Outlaw Recognition Day, May 17, 2022

    Mayor Hilligoss presented the proclamation to Ace Outlaw during Tuesday’s commission meeting. Read on...
  3. Land use study - Share your thoughts and ideas via the online survey

    The City of Lake Wales is preparing a land use study for the utility service area just outside the City limits. Read on...
  4. Community Redevelopment Agency Workshop on Saturday, May 21 between 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

    Learn how to start, sustain and grow a business. Join us for the Community Redevelopment Agency Workshop on Saturday, May 21 between 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the J. P. Austin Community Center in Lake Wales. Read on...
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