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Posted on: August 6, 2022

New cathedral live oaks and Japanese blueberry trees rest along Sessoms Avenue

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Parks & Horticulture staff spent Friday morning planting five Japanese blueberry trees and four additional cathedral live oaks in Crystal Lake Park along Sessoms Ave. 
The planting was a continuation of the City’s efforts started on ...
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City Administration
Posted on: August 6, 2022

Road Advisory: West Bullard Avenue will be closed for one week between 1st Street and 2nd Street

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West Bullard Avenue will be closed for one week between 1st Street and 2nd Street, starting Monday, August 8. Please allow for extra time during your commute. Road crews are replacing a portion of the drain system. See detour map: https://www.lakewalesfl....

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City Administration
Posted on: August 2, 2022

City’s private developer incentive program makes an impact on qualified homebuyers

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Qualified homebuyer Alicia Randle received $15,000 in down payment assistance from the Lake Wales Community Redevelopment Agency (CRA). City Manager James Slaton presented the check to Alicia. City commissioners and staff celebrated at a ribbon cutting ce...

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City Administration
Posted on: July 28, 2022

CRA board invests in small business incubator to strengthen entrepreneurs

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Board members of the Lake Wales Community Redevelopment Agency (CRA) approved funding for a three-year grant agreement worth nearly $1 million for the creation of a small business incubator by the Florida Development Corporation (FDC).
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City Administration
Posted on: July 27, 2022

City’s affordable housing program is on the rise

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Two new houses are complete and eight houses are in development within the core improvement area of Lake Wales. 

The development comes within 120 days of the new affordable housing incentive programs offered by the Lake Wales Community Redevelopme...

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City Administration
Posted on: July 19, 2022

City coordinates efforts to enhance cemetery

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City of Lake Wales staff are planning to enhance areas of the Lake Wales Cemetery. Deputy City Manager Joanna Abernathy met with staff members from various departments to coordinate the plan. 

Plans include allocating more labor and materials. Cit...

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City Administration
Posted on: June 30, 2022

Fourth of July Celebration & Fireworks

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Join us to celebrate the Fourth of July at Lake Wailes Park. The free event will feature family-fun activities, local food vendors and a fireworks show.

The event starts at 3 P.M. Fireworks start at 9 P.M.

Family-fun activities include:

- Watermelon eating c...

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City Administration
Posted on: June 17, 2022

City initiates plans to upgrade northwest neighborhood with enhanced water system

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The City of Lake Wales Commission authorized CHA Engineering to prepare construction plans to extend a larger water main from the water plant on Sessoms Avenue.

“As the area continues to grow, the new water main will supply quality water service ...

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City Administration
Posted on: June 9, 2022

Street resurfacing of Dr. J.A. Wiltshire Avenue and Crystal Avenue

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Dr. J. A. Wiltshire Avenue between Scenic Highway and North Wales Drive is being resurfaced, as well as Park Avenue between Lakeshore Boulevard and Cypress Garden Lane.

Additionally, Crystal Avenue is getting a facelift between Wetmore Street and First Str...

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City Administration
Posted on: June 2, 2022

Construction Site Preparation Before a Storm

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Florida Building Code requires all construction sites to be kept safe and clean. The City of Lake Wales’ staff reminds builders to have a plan in place prior to a storm. Secure all building materials and debris prior to a storm. These items may become pro...

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City Administration
Posted on: June 1, 2022

Hurricane Preparedness - Polk County Emergency Shelter Locations

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Now is the time to prepare a hurricane evacuation plan for you and your family. 

The nearest Polk County emergency shelter for Lake Wales residents is located at:

Spook Hill Elementary School

321 Dr. J.A. Wiltshire Ave E., Lake Wales

From US 27, turn...

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City Administration
Posted on: June 1, 2022

Fair Housing Rights of Persons with Disabilities

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The federal Fair Housing Act prohibits discrimination in housing related transactions because of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, disability or familial status. Many state and local laws also prohibit housing discrimination based on several ad...

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City Administration
Posted on: May 26, 2022

Yard Preparation Before a Storm

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City of Lake Wales’ staff recommends trimming trees and vegetation prior to the start of hurricane season on June 1. Postponing major yardwork prior to a storm reduces the number of excess tree limbs, branches and yard debris. These items may be...

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City Administration
Posted on: May 26, 2022

Disaster Preparedness 2022 Sales tax Holiday

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Purchase qualifying hurricane supplies tax-free by June 10, 2022. Find a full list of tax-free items at https://floridarevenue.com/DisasterPrep/Pages/default.aspx and a complete disaster supply kit checklist at https://www.floridadisaster.org/Kit

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City Administration
Posted on: May 19, 2022

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

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Beginning the first week of June 2022, SR 60 near Frontage Road will be closed while crews install the overhead sign truss. Detours will be in place to guide motorists; please follow signage. Please allow extra travel time and use caution in the area.

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City Administration
Posted on: May 18, 2022

City of Lake Wales proclaims Ace Outlaw Recognition Day, May 17, 2022

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The City of Lake Wales proclaims May 17, 2022 as Ace Outlaw Recognition Day. Mayor Hilligoss presented the proclamation to Ace Outlaw during Tuesday’s commission meeting. With a total lift of 600lbs, Outlaw was named the Florida High School Athl...

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City Administration
Posted on: May 13, 2022

Land use study - Share your thoughts and ideas via the online survey

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The City of Lake Wales is preparing a land use study for the utility service area just outside the City limits. Please share your thoughts and ideas on our project website at https://smeinc.mysocialpinpoint.com/lake-wales-land-use

The Land Use Study will i...

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City Administration
Posted on: May 10, 2022

Community Redevelopment Agency Workshop on Saturday, May 21 between 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

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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. During the workshop, participants will learn how to start, sustain and grow a business.

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City Administration
Posted on: May 9, 2022

City awarded nearly $1.2 million grant to increase pedestrian safety

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The City of Lake Wales was awarded nearly $1.2 million to widen sidewalks and footpaths in the Northwest Neighborhood to increase the safety of pedestrians on designated walking spaces. 

Lake Wales is one of ten Florida communities to receive fund...

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City Administration
Posted on: May 9, 2022

Road Advisory: Traveling on eastbound SR 60

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Starting Monday, May 16, motorists traveling on eastbound SR 60 will need to stay left just past Frontage Road to access the new roadway and travel over the newly constructed bridge. This will enable the subcontractor crews with the Florida Department of ...

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City Administration
Posted on: May 5, 2022

Mayor Jack Hilligoss and Commissioner Krueger take the oath of office

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During this week’s Lake Wales Commission Meeting and swearing-in ceremony, newly elected officials Mayor Hilligoss and Commissioner Krueger took the oath of office. Mayor Hilligoss is the second mayor to be elected at-large to serve the people o...

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City Administration
Posted on: May 4, 2022

City of Lake Wales hires Joanna Abernathy as new deputy city manager

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The City of Lake Wales welcomes Joanna Abernathy as Deputy City Manager. Abernathy will be working alongside City Manager James Slaton overseeing various municipal operations.

“I’m both honored and excited to be chosen as Lake Wales&...

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City Administration
Posted on: April 27, 2022

Roadway Advisory - Upcoming Traffic Shift

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The US 27 at SR 60 project will have an upcoming traffic shift beginning the week of May 1, 2022. Motorists traveling on westbound SR 60 will need to stay right near Sharp Street and travel over the newly constructed bridge and stay on the newly construct...

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City Administration
Posted on: April 22, 2022

City starts pilot program to offer self-pay recreational opportunities

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The City of Lake Wales Commission approved a pilot program to start offering rentable self-service kayaks and paddleboards at Lake Wailes Park. Residents and visitors access the floating devices, accessories and lifejackets from automated lockers.&nbs...

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City Administration
Posted on: April 21, 2022

Road Advisory - Park Avenue

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On Friday, April 22, you may experience traffic delays on Park Avenue between Lakeshore Blvd. and Third Street. Crews will begin resurfacing the road in preparation for the Park Avenue Construction Trail.

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City Administration
Posted on: April 21, 2022

Frederick Law Olmsted Day, April 30, 2022

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Earlier this week, Mayor Gene Fultz read a proclamation establishing April 30, 2022 as Frederick Law Olmsted Day throughout Lake Wales. The City of Lake Wales and Lake Wales Heritage are hosting Olmsted Day in Lake Wailes Park on Saturda...

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City Administration
Posted on: April 19, 2022

Business Development Workshop - May 21 between 9 A.M. to 1 P.M.

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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. During the workshop, participants will learn how to start, sustain and grow a business. Complimentary ...

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City Administration
Posted on: April 15, 2022

City in a Garden - Comprehensive Plan

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Frederick Law Olmsted Jr.’s vision for Lake Wales – from trees to connected trails and the all-encompassing “City in a Garden” concept – serve as the underpinnings to the award-winning “Lake Wale...

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City Administration
Posted on: April 6, 2022

Lake Wales was beautified today as part of Warner Cares Day 2022

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Lake Wales was beautified today as part of Warner Cares Day 2022. Students, faculty and staff at Warner University and members of the Lake Wales Care Center provided community services to many organizations.

 

Select areas of the city were impacted...

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City Administration
Posted on: April 5, 2022

Easter egg hunts in the city

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The City of Lake Wales is about to become stuffed full of Easter eggs. Several organizations are celebrating Easter with egg hunts for children throughout the month of April. Checkout the list of events.

 

April 12 - 10:30 a.m. - noon

Circle of Frie...

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City Administration
Posted on: April 1, 2022

Olmsted and the Lake Wales Connected Plan, City in a Garden Visionaries

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When Lake Wales gathers on April 30 to celebrate the life, legacy and work of Frederick Olmsted Sr., local residents will be paying homage to more than just the famed landscape architect whose influence is still very much alive in the city today.

By 1929 w...

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City Administration
Posted on: March 31, 2022

Upcoming Roadway Closure

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Third Street will be closed permanently to vehicle traffic starting Wednesday, April 6 at 9 a.m. for the construction of the Park Avenue Connector Trail. It will reopen for non-vehicular public use in winter 2022. Cypress Garden Lane and Scenic Highway ma...

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City Administration
Posted on: March 31, 2022

Upcoming Roadway Closure

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Third Street will be closed between E. Crystal Ave. and E. Park Ave. starting Monday, April 4 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Cypress Garden Lane and Scenic Highway may be used as alternate routes.  

City Administration
Posted on: March 31, 2022

City of Lake Wales expands incentives to attract private developers and homebuyers

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The City’s Community Redevelopment Agency (CRA) plans to waive certain development fees and offer qualified homebuyers down payment assistance.  

All impact fees including water and sewer will be waived to private developers building aff...

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City Administration
Posted on: March 30, 2022

City of Lake Wales and area partners lend a helping hand to seniors, home improvements and repairs

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The City’s Community Redevelopment Agency (CRA) revisits its Legacy Housing Rehabilitation Program designed to help homeowners 65 and older in the Northwest Neighborhood with a variety of services, such as roof repairs, exterior painting, light ...

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City Administration
Posted on: March 25, 2022

The City of Lake Wales celebrates Ms. Selma Burke, Women's History Month

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The City of Lake Wales celebrates Ms. Selma Burke, famously known for her relief portrait of President Franklin Delano Roosevelt, which is widely acknowledged as the face on the U.S. dime.

In the 1920s, Burke became a popular African American female artist...

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City Administration
Posted on: March 24, 2022

City of Lake Wales awarded $48,683 hometown grant by T-Mobile

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The City is one of 25 small towns across America to be selected for T-Mobile’s Hometown Grants, a $25 million, five-year initiative to support the people and organizations who help small towns across America thrive and grow by providing funding ...

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City Administration
Posted on: March 24, 2022

City in a Garden - Lake Wales History

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So how did it come to be that the firm responsible for creating New York City’s Central Park and for designing the grounds of the U.S. Capitol in Washington D.C. play such a vital role in the planning – and now future of Lake Wales?

A l...

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City Administration
Posted on: March 18, 2022

Join us and celebrate the good news.

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Join us and celebrate the good news. The City of Lake Wales will be awarded a unique grant from an international corporation on Thursday, March 24 at 10 A.M. 

The celebration will take place at the Tina Peak Gazebo at the Lake Wales Library locate...

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City Administration
Posted on: March 17, 2022

City’s horticulture department kicks up the charm, Lake Wales Connected Plan

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The City of Lake Wales Horticulture Department is in full swing installing plants and flowers in Lake Wales.

300 Florida native plants and 1,052 Florida friendly plants have been planted in select areas, such as the Stuart Avenue and Scenic Highway parking...

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City Administration
Posted on: March 10, 2022

Grand opening of Wales Pointe Restaurant and Bar

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Lake Wales Area Chamber of Commerce & Economic Development celebrated the grand opening of Wales Pointe Restaurant and Bar located at 207 East Park Avenue in the historic downtown district.

Fans of the recently opened Wales Pointe restaurant rave about...

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City Administration
Posted on: March 9, 2022

Upcoming Roadway Closure and Detour Map

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The US 27 at SR 60 project will have an upcoming roadway closure estimated to begin March 21, 2022. Central Avenue at US 27 will be closed at the intersection for approximately three weeks. US 27 will continue to have two lanes of traffic northbound and s...

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City Administration
Posted on: March 2, 2022

The B Street Community Service Center in Lake Wales has been approved to be a food distribution site

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The B Street Community Service Center in Lake Wales has been approved to be a food distribution site.

In collaboration with Central Health Care, United Way of Central Florida and the George W. Jenkins End Hunger Initiative, citizens may receive, twice a mo...

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City Administration
Posted on: March 2, 2022

City initiates land use study to guide future development in Lake Wales

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The City of Lake Wales Commission authorized funding for a land use study agreement to evaluate land in the city’s designated utility service area surrounding Lake Wales in unincorporated Polk County.

“We plan to explore future expansio...

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City Administration
Posted on: February 25, 2022

Celebrating Dr. Joseph Ashby Wiltshire

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Celebrating Dr. Joseph Ashby Wiltshire

Having delivered close to 2,500 babies in Lake Wales, Dr. Joseph Ashby Wiltshire helped make a lot of people smile. He was the first black doctor to open a private medical practice in Lake Wales in 1948.

It’s...

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City Administration
Posted on: February 24, 2022

2022 LAKE WALES MARDI GRAS FESTIVAL & PARADE

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2022 LAKE WALES MARDI GRAS FESTIVAL & PARADE

FEBRUARY 25 – 26 

Experience the 37th annual Lake Wales Mardi Gras Festival and Parade on February 25 - 26, 2022. This family-friendly festival features outdoor live music, food, spirits, a...

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City Administration
Posted on: February 20, 2022

4th Annual Black History Month Luncheon

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The 4th Annual Black History Month luncheon took place at the James P. Austin Community Center in Lake Wales. The event was sponsored by the Dr. J. A. Wiltshire Scholarship Foundation.  

Part of the program included a proclamation by Mayor Fultz r...

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City Administration
Posted on: February 18, 2022

City of Lake Wales accepts $803,250 airport grant from FDOT

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A new fuel farm is becoming a reality at the Lake Wales Municipal Airport. City commission authorized a public transportation grant agreement with the Florida Department of Transportation.

The grant is for the installation of a new fuel farm designed to ef...

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City Administration
Posted on: February 18, 2022

City of Lake Wales Commission approves ballot for upcoming municipal election

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City of Lake Wales Commission approves ballot for upcoming municipal election

The City of Lake Wales is pleased to announce the candidates for the upcoming municipal election on Tuesday, April 5, 2022 for Mayor Seat 1, At-Large and Commissioner Seat 4, Dis...

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City Administration
Posted on: February 11, 2022

City’s partnerships expand more affordable housing for families.

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The City of Lake Wales Community Redevelopment Agency (CRA) added more housing to the historic Northwest Neighborhood completing Keystone Challenge Fund Phase Two of the city’s affordable housing program.

The City partnered with Keystone to build...

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City Administration
Posted on: February 11, 2022

The City of Lake Wales Community Redevelopment Agency is expanding more affordable housing.

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The City of Lake Wales Community Redevelopment Agency (CRA) is expanding more affordable housing in the Northwest Neighborhood.

The CRA provided $46,500 in funding to the Florida Development Corporation (FDC) to build a new house on B Street.

“Our affordabl...

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City Administration
Posted on: February 11, 2022

City hosted member municipalities at an event promoting efficiency in local government.

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On February 10, the City of Lake Wales hosted the Ridge League of Cities dinner at the Lake Ashton Clubhouse. The event had a Mardi Gras theme in honor of Lake Wales’ forthcoming Mardi Gras festival. The speaker was Bobby Green, new Executive Di...

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City Administration
Posted on: February 4, 2022

Notice: Redevelopment of the CRA Property at 39 Lincoln Avenue W.

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The City of Lake Wales is seeking a qualified proposer to, through sale or lease/public-private partnership, redevelop certain parcels on Lincoln Avenue for the benefit of the Community Redevelopment Agency (CRA), and incorporating the Lake Wales Connecte...

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City Administration
Posted on: February 1, 2022

City greenlights first of many projects in the Lake Wales Connected Plan

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City greenlights first of many projects in the Lake Wales Connected Plan

The City of Lake Wales Commission approved an agreement with Cobb Site Development, Inc. to perform the construction of the city’s new Park Avenue Connector Trail.

T...

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City Administration
Posted on: February 1, 2022

2022 Election notice

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The election for the City of Lake Wales will be held on Tuesday, April 5, 2022 to elect a Mayor for Seat 1 (At-Large), and an Interim Commissioner for Seat 4 (District 27). 

For more information in English, visit https://www.lakewalesfl.gov/Docume...

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City Administration
Posted on: January 31, 2022

Meeting Notice

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CITY OF LAKE WALES

FAIR HOUSING PUBLIC INFORMATION MEETING 

AND CITIZEN ADVISORY TASK FORCE MEETING

The City of Lake Wales will conduct a combined Fair Housing Public Information Meeting and Citizen Advisory Task Force meeting in the City Manager&am...

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City Administration
Posted on: January 28, 2022

Police Officers Association gifts student a mobility device

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Jordan Colon, a student at Victory Ridge Academy in Lake Wales got a big surprise when City of Lake Wales police officers presented him with a Kaye Dynamic Stander, a multi-positional standing aid with 360 degrees of movement.

Colon has a developmental dis...

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City Administration
Posted on: January 25, 2022

City's partnerships dedicated to providing affordable housing for families

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City's partnerships dedicated to providing affordable housing for families 

Lake Wales, Fla. (Jan. 25, 2022) – The City of Lake Wales Community Redevelopment Agency (CRA) provides homes to new residents in the Northwest...

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City Administration
Posted on: January 24, 2022

Open call for mural artists, $10,000.00

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The Lake Wales Community Redevelopment Agency (CRA) is actively seeking a talented, experienced and original artist to paint one of our underpasses. 
The CRA will provide a payment of $10,000 to the artist chosen; nothing above $10,000 will be con...
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Posted on: January 24, 2022

Road Closure

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FDOT will commence a construction project at the intersection of SR 17 at Mountain Lake Cutoff Road to install a new traffic signal. Please note that Mountain Lake Cutoff Road will be closed on the east side of the intersection during construction.

Constru...

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City Administration
Posted on: January 21, 2022

City’s Development Services enhances CRA team

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The City of Lake Wales Community Redevelopment Agency (CRA), part of Development Services promotes Darrell Starling, CRA Project Manager and Cheryl Baksh, CRA Specialist.

“Both Darrell and Cheryl have been a key element in the CRA’s suc...

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City Administration
Posted on: January 19, 2022

Business Development Series Event - Community Redevelopment Agency

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Ready to open a business or expand your company’s footprint to an emerging business district?

The Lincoln Avenue Business District is being revitalized by developers to provide business owners new opportunity.

Be one of the first to hear from prop...

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City Administration
Posted on: January 19, 2022

City expands Development Services department to support future growth

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The City of Lake Wales Development Services Director, Mark J. Bennett is expanding his team to support an unprecedented amount of development.

Bennett mentioned his team is prepared to be proactive with developers and builders as new homes and businesses c...

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City Administration
Posted on: January 6, 2022

Congratulations to Lester Gulledge, Horticulturist

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The City of Lake Wales congratulates Lester Gulledge, Horticulturist, for achieving a Florida Limited Lawn & Ornamental License.

“It’s good for our city to have an Integrated Pest Management Program. The license gives me the authori...

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City Administration
Posted on: January 4, 2022

Congratulations to Mark J. Bennett, Director of Development Services

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The City of Lake Wales congratulates Mark J. Bennett, Director of Development Services, for being selected to join the board of the Florida Redevelopment Association (FRA).

“This is a nice compliment to Mark’s 30 years of experience in urban planning, zoni...

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City Administration
Posted on: December 23, 2021

Lake Wales Police Officers spread holiday cheer.

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More than 70 children got an extra special Christmas, the chance to shop and pick out Christmas gifts with Lake Wales Police officers and volunteers from the Police Officers Association (POA). The 13th annual Shop with a Cop event was held on Dec. 16 at W...

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City Administration
Posted on: December 22, 2021

Congratulations to Stephanie Edwards, Support Services and Recreation Manager

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The City of Lake Wales congratulates Stephanie Edwards, Support Services and Recreation Manager, for her achievement in becoming a Certified Parks and Recreation Professional (CPRP) by the National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA).

“I am proud of wha...

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City Administration
Posted on: December 20, 2021

Congratulations to Autumn Cochella, Development Services Manager

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The City of Lake Wales congratulates Autumn Cochella, Development Services Manager, for her achievement becoming a nationally certified planner by the American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP). Autumn is the most recent certified planner to represen...

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Posted on: August 4, 2022

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