July 14, 2020 6:00 p.m.

Municipal Administration Building
Commission Chambers
201 W. Central Avenue
Lake Wales, FL 33853

This will be a hybrid virtual tele-conference meeting.

Pursuant to Executive Order No. 20-69, issued by the Office of Governor Ron Desantis on March 20, 2020, and extended by Executive Order No. 20-112, and extended further by Executive Order No. 20-114, municipalities may conduct meetings of their governing boards without having a quorum of its members present physically or at any specific location, and utilizing communications media technology such as telephonic or video conferencing, as provided by Section 120.54(5)(b)2, Florida Statutes. 

Some members of the Commission, Staff and public will be welcome to attend in the Commission Chambers.

Everyone is welcome to attend virtually.

Virtual public meetings will continue to be broadcast live, locally, on Comcast channel 6 and on the City’s web site. A link to the live stream can be found in the left-most menu of the City’s home page and is labeled “Live Meeting Stream”.

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Members of the public may register to attend at

Public Comments will be accepted at




Minutes - April 14, 2020

The minutes of April 14, 2020

Election of Chairperson


Election of Vice-chairperson


Corner Cafe - Food Incentive Grant Application

Restaurant / Food-Related Incentive Program (Corner Café @ One Scenic Central, 1 North Scenic Hwy, Lake Wales, FL 33853). 

Mr. James A. Ellis,1 North Scenic Hwy, Lake Wales, FL 33853 is seeking a $100,000 Matching Grant to renovate the space in downtown and make the extensive improvements required to open a new restaurant and redevelop the property according to the incentive guidelines and requirements.


Wales Pointe Food Incentive Grant Application

Tiffany Davis and Kevin Davis, Owners, Wales Pointe, 207 E. Park Ave, Lake Wales, FL 33853 are seeking a $50,000 Matching Grant to renovate the space in downtown and make the extensive improvements required to open a new restaurant and redevelop the property according to the incentive guidelines and requirements to include reimbursement once property taxes are paid in full.


Lease Agreement between the Lake Wales Community Redevelopment Agency and Lake Wales Charter Schools, Inc.

The Lake Wales Community Redevelopment Agency will consider entering into a Lease Agreement with the Lake Wales Charter Schools, Inc. for the temporary use of two vacant parcels located on the SW and SE corners of Seminole Avenue and 3rd Street, North.

Funding Request for Mimi Hardman Collections & Research Center

A funding request for $29,705. The funds would be one half of a privately funded match of $29,705 for the
creation of the Mimi Hardman Collections and Research Center in the 1916 Seaboard Air Line Freight Station.
The funding match has already been raised by the Friends of the Museum.

Amendment to Scope-of-Services with Chastain-Skillman, Inc. (CSI) for Professional Engineering Services related to Park Avenue Streetscape Design.

Staff is requesting CRA Board approval to amend the Agreement between the City and Chastain-Skillman, Inc. regarding professional engineering services related to the Park Avenue Streetscape design in accordance with the Lake Wales Connected Plan.

Budget Amendment for Additional Staff Positions within the CRA

The Lake Wales Community Redevelopment Agency will consider approving a budget amendment to fund additional staff positions within the CRA.


Public participation is encouraged. If you are addressing the Board, step to the podium and state your name and address for the record. Please limit your discussions to five (5) minutes.




Note: The full staff memo will be incorporated into the official record

Minutes of the CRA meeting can be obtained from the City Clerk's Office. The minutes are recorded, but are not transcribed verbatim. Persons requiring a verbatim transcript may make arrangements with the City Clerk to duplicate the recording, or arrange to have a court reporter present at the meeting. The cost of duplication and/or court reporter will be the expense of the requesting party.

Persons who wish to appeal any decision made by the CRA Board with respect to any matter considered during this meeting will need a record of the proceedings, and for such purpose may need to ensure that a verbatim record of the proceedings is made, which record includes the testimony and evidence upon which the appeal is based.

In accordance with Section 286.26, Florida Statutes, persons with disabilities needing special accommodations to participate in this meeting should contact the office of the City Clerk no later than 5:00 p.m. on the day prior to the meeting.