News Flash

Posted on: February 23, 2024

Public Grant Meeting: Tower Boulevard Trail Project at Kiwanis Park

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On Monday, February 26, 2024 at 12:00pm, the City of Lake Wales will host a public information meeting at the City Administration Building in the City Commission Chambers for the sole purpose of discussing the grant application to the State of Florida Dep...

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City Administration
Posted on: February 20, 2024

It’s cleanup time!

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It’s cleanup time! Round up the junk from your garage, backyard or attic and take it to the curb for the Spring Curbside Cleanup!

This free service takes place on Saturday, March 23. Items must be at the curb before 6 a.m.

Place general junk at th...

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City Administration
Posted on: February 16, 2024

Celebrating Zora Neale Hurston - Black History Month 2024

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Zora Neale Hurston, coined the founding mother of musicology was celebrated at the Lake Wales Public Library. Community members and City staff joined Dr. Panayotis from Florida State College to hear his presentation on Zora’s life and legacy. Pa...
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City Administration
Posted on: February 14, 2024 | Last Modified on: June 15, 2015

City staff received the GFOA Distinguished Budget Award

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City staff received the Government Finance Officers Association’s (GFOA) Distinguished Budget Presentation Award for its annual budget. The award represents a significant achievement by City staff. It reflects the commitment of the governing bod...

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City Administration
Posted on: February 14, 2024

City Manager James Slaton, MS is now an ICMA Credentialed Manager

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Lake Wales City Manager James Slaton, MS recently received the International City/County Management Association’s (ICMA) Credentialed Manager designation.  

Mr. Slaton is one of more than 1,400 local government management professionals w...

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City Administration
Posted on: January 26, 2024

Interested in running for office?

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Interested in running for office? The period to qualify for election to Seat 2 and Seat 4 begins at 12:00 noon, Monday, February 12, 2024 and ends at 12:00 noon, Friday, February 16, 2024 in the City Clerk’s Office at the City Administration Bui...

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City Administration
Posted on: January 22, 2024

Ready to get fit in 2024!

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Ready to get fit in 2024! Stop by and checkout the Lake Wales Family Recreation Center. City residents receive a 50% discount. There’s no annual contract. We’ve got unique service the other gyms don’t offer. We’ve g...

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City Administration
Posted on: January 20, 2024

Congratulations to City Manager James Slaton for becoming one of ICMA’s newest credentialed managers

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Congratulations to City Manager James Slaton for becoming one of ICMA’s newest credentialed managers. ICMA was formed as the City Managers' Association in December 1914 to recognize the efficiency of city managers and municipal work in ...

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City Administration
Posted on: January 19, 2024

Free workshop: Teaching Businesses & Communities How to Become Consumer Destinations

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Interested in learning how to grow your sales and customer traffic, even during construction? Join us on Monday, Feb. 5th between 8am to 1:30pm at the Lake Wales Art Center. Lake Wales Main Street is hosting the free workshop with business expert Jon Scha...

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City Administration
Posted on: January 9, 2024

MLK Celebration Week of Events, Jan. 12 - Jan. 15

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The Lake Wales MLK Committee has various events ready to take place to celebrate Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. from Friday, January 12 to Monday, January 15. Check out the list of events. Parade map: https://www.lakewalesfl.gov/DocumentCenter/View/6652/2024-...
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City Administration
Posted on: December 5, 2023

Meet the leadership team at the Lake Wales Family Recreation Center

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Meet the leadership team at the Lake Wales Family Recreation Center. From left to right. Fitness schedule and membership plans listed below. 
Kajsa Newton
Meet Program Coordinator, Kajsa Newton. A graduate from St. Mary's College of Maryla...
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City Administration
Posted on: November 22, 2023

Fair Housing: Learn the Facts

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Click here: https://www.lakewalesfl.gov/DocumentCenter/View/6572/Fair-Housing-Learn-the-Facts-2023

HUD’s Mission Statement

HUD’s mission is to increase homeownership, support community development, and increase access to afforda...

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City Administration
Posted on: November 18, 2023

Road advisory: Portions of Park Avenue & First Street will be temporarily closed.

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Businesses are open on Park Avenue during the streetscape project and redesign of the area. Check out the construction site and visit the restaurants and shops that help make Lake Wales unique. Portions of Park Avenue & First Street will be temporaril...

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City Administration
Posted on: October 27, 2023

Portions of the Lake Wales Family Recreation Center are temporarily closed for renovations

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Portions of the Lake Wales Family Recreation Center are temporarily closed for renovations. The pool is still open to members until October 31. The center will tentatively reopen on November 13. We appreciate everyone’s patience as crews install...

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City Administration
Posted on: October 23, 2023

20-year Polk County horticulturist set to grow ‘A City in a Garden’

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Certified horticulturist Kevin Polk is the new landscape designer and arborist for the City’s parks & recreation department. 

Polk will oversee the current plans to revive the landscapes in the city’s historic core &nda...

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City Administration
Posted on: October 16, 2023

Business impact statements are now available online

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In accordance with the new provision in Florida State Statute 166.041(4) requiring business impact statements, starting On October 1, 2023 business impact statements for all Ordinances on the City Commission Agenda can be found at this link. https://www.l...

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City Administration
Posted on: October 10, 2023

Ribbon-cutting ceremony set to celebrate Lake Wales Circulator powered by Citrus Connection

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A ribbon-cutting ceremony to celebrate the new bus service in the city’s historic core is scheduled for Friday, October 13 at 10 a.m. The event will occur at the James P. Austin Community Center, 315 Dr. MLK Blvd., Lake Wales. 

City staf...

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City Administration
Posted on: October 6, 2023

Family membership plans - Lake Wales Family Recreation Center

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Based on community input, we've simplified the membership plans for families. The Family Plus membership plan includes up to 2 adults under age 64 living in the same household, plus any legal dependents up to age 18: $28 for city residents/$56 for non-cit...

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City Administration
Posted on: October 4, 2023

Lake Wales Envisioned: Join us for a screening of a 30-minute documentary

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Join us for a screening of a 30-minute documentary showcasing the community voices and ideas behind the significant planning efforts of Lake Wales Envisioned. The event takes place this Thursday, October 5th, at 7pm at the Lake Wales Women's Club...

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City Administration
Posted on: September 24, 2023

Fall Curbside Clean-up - Saturday, October 7

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It’s clean up time!  Round up the junk from your garage, back yard or attic, and get it to the curb for the City of Lake Wales Fall Curbside Clean-up.  Place general junk, mattresses/box springs, unusable furniture, such as des...

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City Administration
Posted on: September 23, 2023

Road advisory: Crews will be installing an overhead truss on US 27

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Beginning September 26 at 9pm crews will be installing an overhead truss on US 27 just north of SR 60.  This will be for one night only and should be complete by 5am on Wednesday morning, September 27.  Detours will be in place. &nbs...

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City Administration
Posted on: September 21, 2023

Mayor Jack Hilligoss attended the 13th Annual 2023 Polk Vision Mayor’s Roundtable event

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City of Lake Wales Mayor Jack Hilligoss attended the 13th Annual 2023 Polk Vision Mayor’s Roundtable event at Polk State College. Mayor Hilligoss joined other mayors from municipalities throughout the County.  During the event, official...

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City Administration
Posted on: September 21, 2023

SilverSneakers members are encouraged to Join the Lake Wales Family Recreation Center

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SilverSneakers members are encouraged to Join the Lake Wales Family Recreation Center. Let’s get your membership started by selecting this weblink: https://app.smartsheetgov.com/b/form/368a35561eba43578fa2487de4ce7b1f?fbclid=IwAR1rxYJC1sX9MaVxen...
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City Administration
Posted on: September 13, 2023

Lake Wales Circulator

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Beginning mid-September 2023, citizens in the historic core of Lake Wales will have access to more transportation. City staff is partnering with local area transit provider Citrus Connection to connect people to food distribution points and health service...

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City Administration
Posted on: September 12, 2023

Join the Lake Wales Family Recreation Center

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Join the Lake Wales Family Recreation Center. Let’s get your membership started by selecting this weblink: https://app.smartsheetgov.com/b/form/368a35561eba43578fa2487de4ce7b1f

FAQs

When may I start using my membership? New members may start using...

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Additional Info... City Administration
Posted on: September 8, 2023

LesMills Classes, Lake Wales Family Recreation Center

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Good news! LesMills fitness classes will be offered at the Lake Wales Family Recreation Center. Existing members may also migrate their memberships to the City’s new membership database. City staff will be available to assist members who need as...

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City Administration
Posted on: September 8, 2023

Critter Tales, Black-and-White Warbler

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Black-and-white Warblers are popular songbirds, but they often play hard to get. The shy birds tend to forage along tree limbs or near shrubs and remain out of sight. They usually build nests on the ground but choose hidden areas, such as fallen logs, tre...

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City Administration
Posted on: September 5, 2023

New Planter Bollards

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Check out the decorative new planter bollards along Park Avenue. Trees and various plants are now being selected for planting. In addition to being decorative, other benefits of planter bollards are providing a protective perimeter and helping drivers per...

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City Administration
Posted on: September 5, 2023

Membership sign up at the Lake Wales Family Recreation Center

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City staff is moving quickly. Citizens may register for a membership at the Lake Wales Family Recreation Center beginning September 12. Existing members may also migrate their memberships to the City’s new membership database. City staff will be...

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City Administration
Posted on: August 29, 2023

Hurricane Idalia: Office and facility closures

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In preparation for Hurricane Idalia, City administration offices and facilities will be closed Wed., August 30.

City Administration
Posted on: August 29, 2023

Labor Day Trash Pick-Up

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All waste and recycling services will be suspended on Labor Day, Monday, September 4. Read below to see the rescheduled pick-up dates:

- All Monday services will be collected on Tuesday, September 5.

- All Tuesday services will be collected on Wednesday, Se...

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City Administration
Posted on: August 29, 2023

Sign up for Alert Polk

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Lake Wales residents are encouraged to sign up for Alert Polk online: https://member.everbridge.net/index/892807736724723#/overview

It’s a great resource that communicates emergency notifications, such as tornadoes, hurricanes, mandatory...

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City Administration
Posted on: August 29, 2023

Hurricane Idalia: Keep Yards & Streets Free of Excess Yard Debris

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Prior to Hurricane Idalia, it's important to keep yards and streets free of excess tree limbs, branches and yard debris. These items may become projectiles during the storm. Please do not cut back trees or do major yard work prior to the hurrican...

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City Administration
Posted on: August 28, 2023

Sandbags are available for Tropical Storm Idalia

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SANDBAGS JUST ARRIVED IN PREPARATION FOR THE STORM. Step #1: Stop by Lake Wales Fire Department to pick up 10 free empty sandbags. Step #2: Head to the sand pile at Lake Wailes Park to fill your sandbags. You must bring your own shovel. First come, first ...

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City Administration
Posted on: August 28, 2023

City administration office and select facilities closed on Labor Day, September 4th

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City administration office and select facilities closed on Labor Day, Monday, September 4th. Offices and facilities will reopen on Tuesday, September 5.

City Administration
Posted on: August 24, 2023

Road Closure: First Street between Stuart Avenue and Orange Avenue

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A portion of First Street between Stuart Avenue and Orange Avenue will be closed beginning August 28. The sidewalks along First Street will be accessible to access the post office. The adjacent parking lot located at the corner of Park Avenue and First St...

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City Administration
Posted on: August 17, 2023

Frequently Asked Questions - Lake Wales Family Recreation Center

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City staff assume operations of the Lake Wales Family Recreation Center on November 1 after the West Central Florida YMCA departs in October.  

How do I register for a membership? 

Citizens may register for a membership starting October 1....

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City Administration
Posted on: August 14, 2023

Legacy Housing, Carl Marion

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City leaders and members of the community attended a  ceremony to celebrate with home owner Carl Marion. The Lake Wales Community Redevelopment Agency (CRA) enhanced Mr. Marion’s home with various upgrades, such as new windows, new exte...

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City Administration
Posted on: August 11, 2023

Critter Tales, American Flying Squirrel

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Have you ever seen a rather ghostly, maybe glowing, critter gliding through the trees? You may have been lucky enough to spot an American flying squirrel. Unlike bats, these critters don’t actually fly, but a membrane stretching from wrist to an...

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City Administration
Posted on: August 10, 2023

ReadingPals, Watch the Kids Grow

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What’s like gardening but without the heat or dirt? Helping kids learn to be better readers, as a ReadingPals volunteer. That’s right: you can read to children for an hour a week, indoors, and watch them grow and bloom. Reading literac...

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City Administration
Posted on: August 10, 2023

Lake Wales staff prepares to operate family municipal recreation center

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City Manager James Slaton announced plans for the City to assume operations of the City’s Family Recreation Center after the West Central Florida YMCA departs in October.
New state-of-the-art gym equipment and fitness classes are key components o...
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City Administration
Posted on: August 9, 2023

CRA F Street Down Payment Assistance

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City staff from the Lake Wales Community Redevelopment Agency celebrated the new home of first-time homeowner India Snell. She was awarded $20,000 in down payment assistance through CRA funding. Citizens interested in qualifying for the affordable housing...

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City Administration
Posted on: August 2, 2023

Reading Pals, Let's read!

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Let’s read, Lake Wales. Reading opens doors and other worlds to those who indulge in the love of reading. Children who learn to love reading often have greater academic and life success. Wouldn’t you like to introduce our kids to the m...

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City Administration
Posted on: August 1, 2023

BizLINC Ribbon Cutting

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Community and City staff members celebrated the grand opening of the new 3,570 square-foot business incubator, BizLINC. Members will receive various training and business-related services, such as strategic planning, financial reporting, technical assista...

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City Administration
Posted on: July 31, 2023

Flick & Float

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This past weekend, the City of Lake Wales kicked off the first Flick & Float event of the year with the movie, The Super Mario Bros. Residents gathered to enjoy ice cream and popcorn by the pool. Participants also engaged in various pool games and con...

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City Administration
Posted on: July 28, 2023

1972 Downtown Redevelopment

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Downtown revitalization has happened before in Lake Wales, dating back to 1972. More than $300,000 was allocated to resurface streets, create new sidewalks and add new planters. It resulted in a downtown boom and allowed the city to qualify for the Main S...

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City Administration
Posted on: July 27, 2023

Every 'Litter' Bit Hurts

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Every LITTER bit hurts our environment. Let's do our part Lake Wales!  Please discard trash in garbage or recycling bins. It’s the right thing to do. The most commonly-littered items include: cigarette butts, fast food packagin...

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City Administration
Posted on: July 25, 2023

Lake Wales upgrades water infrastructure to prepare for growth

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City staff in the Lake Wales Public Works department are working on three projects that include replacing antiquated water lines, increasing water flow and converting select neighborhoods to the City’s central sewer system.

The enhancements are p...

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City Administration
Posted on: July 24, 2023

Plans are in motion to keep the recreation facility open

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Plans are in motion to keep the Lake Wales recreation facility open after the West Central Florida YMCA departs in October. City Manager James Slaton wants members to stay assured as City staff works towards a seamless transition.  

Staff recently...

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City Administration
Posted on: July 19, 2023

ReadingPals, Help the Kids

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Picture this: You, making a huge difference in children’s lives by reading to them once a week. For one hour. Reading literacy is the Number 1 indicator of academic and life success, yet 47% of children are not minimally proficient by the 3rd gr...

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City Administration
Posted on: July 13, 2023

Critter Tales, North American River Otter

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You “otter” like our North American river otters just because they’re cute. Despite their doleful eyes, they’re playful critters, enjoying both land and water. Their short legs and long, narrow bodies make them stre...

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City Administration
Posted on: July 12, 2023

ReadingPals, Volunteers Needed

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C’mon, let’s do it for the kids! Who? You, of course. What? Become a ReadingPals volunteer for the upcoming school year, and mentor kindergarteners for one hour a week, with training from ReadingPals. Where? Polk Avenue Elementary Scho...

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City Administration
Posted on: June 30, 2023

History Museum, Arcade

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Today’s generations think of arcades as gaming places, but in architectural terms, it refers to a Mediterranean Revival style. The Rhodesbilt Arcade, between Park Avenue and Stuart Avenue, was built between 1924 and 1926. 

The entrances ...

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City Administration
Posted on: June 30, 2023

Lake Wales Police Department Accreditation

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The Lake Wales Police Department achieved its certificate of accreditation on Thursday, June 29 from The Commission for Florida Law Enforcement Accreditation, Inc. The professional men and women of the department worked extremely hard to obtain this prest...

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City Administration
Posted on: June 28, 2023

Critter Tales, Golden Silk Orb Weaver Spider

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You may not like spiders and snakes, and the Golden silk orb-weaving spider might certainly stop you in your tracks. But stop before you swat: with a body up to 3 inches (not including the legs), the female eats twice its weight in insects each d...

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City Administration
Posted on: June 26, 2023

Residential Container Placement

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Don't be left out. Republic Services' trucks use mechanical arms to pick up the waste and recycling containers. Residents should follow these guidelines to ensure garbage is collected by Republic Services' automated collection t...

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City Administration
Posted on: June 25, 2023

Additional Tote Purchase

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Residents in need of an additional trash/recycling tote are encouraged to contact the City’s customer service department at (863) 678-4182. There's a $60 charge per tote and $40 delivery fee applied to the utility account. All totes are...

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City Administration
Posted on: June 19, 2023

Sixth Annual Juneteenth Event and Luncheon

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The sixth annual Juneteenth event and luncheon at the J.P. Austin Community Center was packed with adults and kids. Former mayor Eugene Fultz was the master of ceremonies and presented speaker Leroy Smith, a representative with the NAACP. “We&am...

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City Administration
Posted on: June 19, 2023

Juneteenth Proclamation

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Earlier this month, City Commission proclaimed June 19 as Juneteenth Day. Ms. Dorothy Scott Wilson accepted the proclamation on behalf of the Dr. Joseph A Wiltshire Scholarship Foundation Inc. 

WHEREAS for 158 years, Juneteenth Day continues to be...

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City Administration
Posted on: June 19, 2023

Juneteenth

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Today, Juneteenth, is an annual federal holiday commemorating the end of slavery. It observes the freedom of African Americans and emphasizes education and achievement. In 2021, Congress passed the legislation making Juneteenth the first new federal holid...

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City Administration
Posted on: June 18, 2023

We're hiring at the Lake Wales Fire Department

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Become part of an energetic team of firefighters at the Lake Wales Fire Department. We’ve got competitive salaries and excellent benefits, including tuition reimbursement and extra days off. 
Firefighter Paramedic: $52,062 starting salar...
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City Administration
Posted on: June 13, 2023

Jordan Tipton Recognition Day

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Earlier this month, City Commission proclaimed June 6 as Jordan Tipton Recognition Day, for his bravery and quick response as a Lake Wales Fire Department firefighter and paramedic. 

On May 24, a serious vehicle accident occurred just outside Lake...

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City Administration
Posted on: June 9, 2023

Lake Wales Mardi Gras Committee, Check Presentation

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The Lake Wales Mardi Gras Committee recently hosted a check presentation event at Wales Pointe Restaurant. The funds were raised during the recent Mardi Gras celebration in February. The Committee gave contributions to the Lake Wales Fire Department and t...

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City Administration
Posted on: June 7, 2023

Lake Wales Police Department K-9 Officers

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Earlier this week, K-9 officers from the Lake Wales Police Department introduced their new K-9 officers, Bane and Bolo. The K-9s are both German Shepherd Belgian Malinois mix and were both born in Budapest, Hungary on February 7, 2021.  Both K-9 ...

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City Administration
Posted on: June 7, 2023

Lake Wales Police Department Distinguished Service Award

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This week, Sergeant Cory Bowling and K-9 Officer Ted Sealey with the Lakeland Police Department’s K-9 Unit were presented with the Lake Wales Police Department’s Distinguished Service Award. Both officers were instrumental in the train...

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City Administration
Posted on: June 7, 2023

Seven roadways are scheduled to be resurfaced in the historic core of Lake Wales

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Crews will begin resurfacing portions of select roadways starting June 12, as city staff continues its pavement management program.

The list of roadways includes: Hesperides Road; Dr. J.A. Wiltshire Ave.; Bullard Ave.; Johnson Ave.; Tillman Ave.; Stuart Av...

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City Administration
Posted on: June 6, 2023

Protect your family from lead in your home

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IMPORTANT!

Lead From Paint, Dust, and Soil in and Around Your Home Can Be Dangerous if Not Managed Properly.

• Children under 6 years old are most at risk for lead poisoning in your home.

• Lead exposure can harm young children and babies e...

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City Administration
Posted on: June 6, 2023

Lake Wales Envisioned, Walkable Neighborhood Development

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One of the initial aspirations for Lake Wales Envisioned is to “make traditional neighborhoods with walkable, connected streets that create a high-quality public realm the norm”.  In response to questions early in the planning...

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City Administration
Posted on: May 26, 2023

Memorial Day 2023

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Today, we remember and honor the heroes who fought to protect us and our nation. 

Interesting fact – Honoring fallen soldiers dates back to May 1868, three years after the Civil War. The holiday was known as Decoration Day – the start of a traditi...

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City Administration
Posted on: May 26, 2023

LWPD Officers assisted members of the VFW in preparation of Memorial Day

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This week, The Lake Wales Police Department assisted members of the VFW in setting up for Memorial Day. Students and faculty from Bok Tower Academy also assisted in honoring veterans at the Lake Wales Memorial Gardens cemetery and Lake Wales Cemetery. &am...

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City Administration
Posted on: May 25, 2023

Anonymous Donor Contributes to Lake Wales Little League

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Earlier this week, Lake Wales Police Detective David Arana presented a $2000 check to little league President Stephanie Witt. The money was gifted from an anonymous person to assist with replacing stolen items, including money and an automated external de...

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City Administration
Posted on: May 24, 2023

The Bullard Building, History Museum

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The Bullard Building got its start in 1919, when Bernice King Bullard laid down $70,000 for construction of a 2-story brick building. Completed in January 1920, it was hailed as an architectural gem for Lake Wales. In those early years, it housed a drug s...

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City Administration
Posted on: May 18, 2023

Water Safety Month, Proclamation

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Earlier this week, the City of Lake Wales proclaimed the month of May as Water Safety Month. Rotary on the Ridge member, Sarah Irvine, accepted the Proclamation on behalf of the Rotary Club.

WHEREAS, swimming and aquatic-related activities play a vital rol...

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City Administration
Posted on: May 18, 2023

Police Memorial Week, 2023 Proclamation

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City commission proclaimed May 15th as Police Memorial Day. During the presentation, Chief Velasquez recognized Officer Alfredo Carlos's 25 years of service and rewarded him with an appreciation plaque.

WHEREAS, The Congress and President of the U...

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City Administration
Posted on: May 10, 2023

Kristen Fitzgerald reinstated to Lake Wales Commission

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Governor Ron DeSantis reinstated Kristen Tieshia Fitzgerald as City Commissioner for the City of Lake Wales, Florida, Seat 4. 

Governor DeSantis’ decision to revoke an Executive Order issued on July 7, 2021 to suspend Fitzgerald from her...

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City Administration
Posted on: May 8, 2023

Lake Wales Envisioned, Work-In-Progress Review

The Work-in-Progress Review was the conclusion of the Lake Wales Envisioned charrette; a long-range, pivotal planning effort that will chart the course for the future of Lake Wales and its utility service area. This presentation includes a summary of comm...

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Additional Info... City Administration
Posted on: May 5, 2023

Phone System, Spanish Options

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The City of Lake Wales is excited to announce the new phone directory system will feature options in the Spanish language. The new enhancements are geared to better serve our Spanish speaking citizens, providing easy access to City related services. Citiz...

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City Administration
Posted on: May 4, 2023

Lake Wales Police Department, Swearing-in

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City leaders and members of the community attended the Lake Wales Police Department swearing-in ceremony. Four new officers were sworn into the department: Nicole Peana, Tanner Owens, Tristen Rodriguez and Rashaud Freeman. Chief Chris Velasquez expressed ...

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City Administration
Posted on: May 3, 2023

City Commission, Swear-In Ceremony

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Early this week, Deputy Mayor Gibson and Commissioner Keith Thompson were sworn into office. Commissioner Thompson succeeds Commissioner Terrye Howell, representing District Seat 3. Commissioner Howell dedicated more than 20 years over service as a public...

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City Administration
Posted on: May 3, 2023

National Bike to Work Day

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Come enjoy a short bicycle parade through downtown and a free community picnic on May 19th. This free event is hosted by the Care Center and starts at 12 pm at the Care Center Bicycle Work Shop at 201 N. Scenic Highway.

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City Administration
Posted on: May 2, 2023

Road Closure, Washington Avenue and E Street

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On May 3rd, there will be a road closure on the intersection of Washington Avenue and E Street from 8am – 5pm.

City Administration
Posted on: April 28, 2023

Bok Tower Gardens, The Singing Tower and Carillon

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Bok Tower Gardens might still be a sand hill, if not for the contributions of Frederick Law Olmsted Jr., the most distinguished landscape architect of his time. As a native of Holland, Bok appreciated the acceptance he received in the U.S. and wa...

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City Administration
Posted on: April 27, 2023

What's in Our Backyard, Southern Magnolia

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The Southern Magnolia is a beautiful, evergreen tree that blossoms large-white flowers. It’s a native tree and claimed to be the masterpiece of the southern part of the United States.

Most magnolias are great lawn trees because they grow in the s...

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City Administration
Posted on: April 26, 2023

City staff is exploring all options for the facility on Burns Avenue

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City staff is exploring options regarding the recent announcement by the YMCA of West Central Florida regarding their October 31st departure from the City’s recreation facility located at 1001 Burns Ave. Rest assured, the City of Lake W...

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City Administration
Posted on: April 24, 2023

Lake Wales Public Library, Plant Swap

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Over the weekend, citizens participated in the 1st Annual “Plant Swap” held at the Lake Wales Public Library. People brought many types of plants and plant cuttings to sell and trade.  More than 90 people attend, and we expect...

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City Administration
Posted on: April 26, 2023

Public Meeting Notice: Town Hall Meeting with Advanced Drainage Systems

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Join representatives from Advanced Drainage Systems at a town hall and community conversation on Wednesday, April 26 at 6 p.m. at the Lake Wales Arts Council, 1099 E. State Rd. 60 E. After a brief introduction and overview, the floor will be open for ques...

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City Administration
Posted on: April 19, 2023

Care Center, Slow Roll & Breakfast

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Every 4th Saturday of the month, Lake Wales Care Center hosts a community bike ride. The group gathers around 8:30am at the bike warehouse on 201 N. Scenic Hwy. They ride from 9am – 10am then go back to the warehouse for breakfast and hang out.

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City Administration
Posted on: April 18, 2023

Open Planning Studio and Work-In-Progress Review

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Give us your feedback at the Lake Wales Envisioned Open Planning Studio on Wednesday, April 19 between 9am to 6pm. The planning team relies on community input to capture shared ideas for the future of Lake Wales. Also, join us at the Work-in-progress revi...

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City Administration
Posted on: April 13, 2023

Irrigation Schedule and Restrictions

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City residents and City utility customers in unincorporated Polk County may refer to the following irrigation schedule and restrictions (regardless of water source):

Even numbered addresses: Water only on Thursday and/or Sunday

Odd numbered addresses: Water...

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City Administration
Posted on: April 20, 2023

Lake Wales Envisioned, Work-In-Progress Review

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REMINDER! Join us tonight for the Lake Wales Envisioned Work-In-Progress Review. You will have the chance to see illustrations, maps, and recommendations in progress; the goal of this event is to review ideas, gather feedback and check if the planning tea...

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City Administration
Posted on: April 19, 2023

Lake Wales Envisioned, Work-In-Progress Review

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You don’t want to miss this! The Lake Wales Envisioned Work-In-Progress Review is the culmination of this week’s visioning and input. You will have the chance to see illustrations, maps, and recommendations in progress; the goal of this event is to review...

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City Administration
Posted on: April 18, 2023

Lake Wales Envisioned, Open Planning Studio

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You still have time. Stop by the Lake Wales Envisioned planning studio to see the ideas so far and tell us what you think!

The on-site planning studio at the Lake Wales Women’s Club (275 E Park Ave) is open for interested community members to dro...

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City Administration
Posted on: April 17, 2023

Lake Wales Envisioned, Online Design Session

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The Lake Wales Envisioned Online Design Session is tonight! If you missed our in-person meetings, this is a great opportunity to get involved and share your ideas.

Register to attend at: https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZEkdeGrrjkoGdd46ggXw_3El1hg...

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City Administration
Posted on: April 16, 2023

Lake Wales Envisioned, Open Planning Studio

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Stop-by the planning studio this week and share your ideas and check on the planning team’s progress. By creating the plan on-site, community members have ready access to the plan and the team is able to ensure that the work being created is a proper refl...

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City Administration
Posted on: April 14, 2023

Lake Wales Envisioned, Hands-On Design Session

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It’s time Lake Wales! TOMORROW MORNING at 9am is the Hands-on Design Session, centerpiece of the charrette week. This session will be fun, interactive, and essential to identifying common goals and gathering input! It will include a brief presentation fol...

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City Administration
Posted on: April 12, 2023

Lake Wales Envisioned, Opening Reception

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This week there will be many opportunities to get involved with Lake Wales Envisioned. Plan to attend, provide your input, hear your neighbors’ ideas, and see the draft city vision.

It all starts tomorrow night at the Lake Wales Envisioned Openin...

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City Administration
Posted on: April 12, 2023

City Nature Challenge, Nature Conservancy

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Participate in the City Nature challenge between April 28th to May 1st. The challenge is free and sponsored by the The Nature Conservancy. 

The City Nature Challenge is an international competition to see how many plant and animals our community m...

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City Administration
Posted on: April 11, 2023

Mobile Office Hours

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Need assistance with a federal agency? Join us on Thursday, April 13th, 2023, from 9:00 a.m. -11:30 a.m. at the Lake Wales District Office  for a Mobile Office Hours outreach event. 

 Time slots will be available in 15-minute inc...

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City Administration
Posted on: April 5, 2023

Lake Wales Envisioned - Hands-On-Design Session, April 15

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Make your voice heard! Participate in the upcoming Lake Wales Envisioned charrette events and share your ideas! The centerpiece of the charrette week is the Hands-on Design Session on Saturday, April 15, from 9am to 12pm. This session will be fun, interac...

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City Administration
Posted on: April 5, 2023

Great American Cleanup, Operation Clean Sweep

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Over the weekend, local volunteers participated in the Great American Cleanup in the City of Lake Wales. Volunteers targeted several areas throughout the historic core, including the northwest neighborhood, downtown historic district, Crystal Lake Park an...

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City Administration
Posted on: April 4, 2023

Election Results - 2023 Municipal Election

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City commission election results with a 17% voter participation turnout.

Keith Thompson has been elected to Commission Seat 3 

Robin Gibson has been elected to Commission Seat 5

LW City Commissioner. Seat 5

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Danielle Prid...

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City Administration
Posted on: April 4, 2023

Chitlin' Circuit

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Racial segregation was a dark time in our country, but Black artists and businesses celebrated Black culture through music, which in turn helped support Black business districts.

 Performances in historic Chitlin' Circuit venues, like The...

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City Administration
Posted on: April 4, 2023

Voting Precinct Changes

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For the City of Lake Wales Municipal Election on April 4, 2023, your polling location has been changed.

Voters in precincts 523, 527, 528, 530, 532, 535, 542 and 543 will vote at the Municipal Administration Building, 201 W. Central Avenue, Lake Wales.

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City Administration
Posted on: April 4, 2023

Opening Reception - Lake Wales Envisioned

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Join us on April 14 at 6 p.m. for the Opening Reception of Lake Wales Envisioned. The event will take place in downtown at the Citrus Mural on Stuart Avenue and Scenic Highway.

Plan to attend, provide your input, hear your neighbors’ ideas, and s...
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City Administration
Posted on: March 28, 2023

Lake Wales Envisioned, Thank You to Our Partners

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Lake Wales Envisioned is a big-picture, city-wide plan that will guide growth and conservation throughout Lake Wales and its surrounding utility service area. This important project would not be possible without the support of our statewide and local co-s...

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City Administration
Posted on: March 24, 2023

A Depot for the Ages

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In 1928, the Atlantic Coast Railroad opened a depot in downtown Lake Wales. The railroad was built in 1911, coming southbound from Haines City to the Everglades. The depot was built due to the Florida Land Boom of the 1920s, which helped the city to grow ...

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City Administration
Posted on: March 22, 2023

A Street Affordable Housing Ceremony

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City staff and new homeowners celebrated the completion of new affordable houses on A Street in the northwest neighborhood. The latest round of houses is through a partnership with nonprofit, Keystone Challenge Fund.

“We’ve completed 16...

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City Administration
Posted on: March 21, 2023

Lake Wales Envisioned, Symposium and Kick-Off Meeting

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Members of the community participated in the kick-off day of the Lake Wales Envisioned plan. Citizens met with City staff and planning consultants and listened to ideas, best practices, and lessons learned from peer communities that could be applicable to...

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City Administration
Posted on: March 20, 2023

How to Manage Your Time More Efficiently, Free Class

Join us on Saturday, April 1 to learn superior time management skills. The event is set to take place at the James P Austin Community Center from 10 a.m. to noon. 

In this FREE class, you will learn how the most successful entrepreneurs manage the...

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City Administration
Posted on: March 20, 2023

Hydrant Flushing

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Over the next three months, the City of Lake Wales Water Department will start flushing the city’s fire hydrants, starting March 27. If you notice a fire hydrant releasing large amounts of water during this timeframe, don’t be alarmed....

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City Administration
Posted on: March 16, 2023

Park Avenue Connected Trail, New Plants Added

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More Florida-friendly plants were added to the Park Avenue Connector Trail. City staff in the Parks & Horticulture planted various plants, such as purple love grass, blue-eyed grass, milkweed and Atlantic St. John's wort.

 The Park Av...

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City Administration
Posted on: March 15, 2023

Lake Wales Envisioned, Save the Dates!

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Mark your calendars! April will be here before we know it and you won’t want to miss the many opportunities to share your input and ideas during the Lake Wales Envisioned Charrette from April 14th-to 20th!

Throughout the week there will be multip...

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City Administration
Posted on: March 14, 2023

Municipal election: Request mail-in-ballot by Saturday, March 25

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Vote-by-mail ballots are available now for the April 4th Municipal Election. Request your ballot today by calling the Supervisor of Elections at (863) 534-5888. Or, you may request online at PolkElections.gov https://www.polkelections.gov/Mail-in-Ballot-R...

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City Administration
Posted on: March 14, 2023

Lake Wales Envisioned, Kick-Off Day

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We have a great day planned for the Kick-off of Lake Wales Envisioned on March 20th! Not able to attend the Best Practices Symposium? Come for a summary and conversation with your neighbors at the Community Kick-off Meeting at 6:30pm!

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City Administration
Posted on: March 13, 2023

State of the City

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Join us at the Annual State of the City Address on Friday, March 24 between 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at The Vanguard School. Mayor Jack Hilligoss will present the accomplishments achieved by City staff in fiscal year 2022. He will also review plans for the fu...

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City Administration
Posted on: March 13, 2023

PCLC Community Resource Fair

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Over the weekend, the Lake Wales Public Library hosted the first Polk County Library Cooperative (PCLC) community resource fair. The event was geared to connect citizens with community resources and agencies at the library.

Lake Wales Public Library Direct...

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City Administration
Posted on: March 11, 2023

Partial closures on highway ramps throughout March

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On Friday, March 10, 2023, the Florida Department of Transportation’s contractor will close portions of the ramps at the US 27 and SR 60 intersection to place concrete pavement. Access to US 27 from SR 60 and from SR 60 to US 27 will be maintain...

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Additional Info... City Administration
Posted on: March 9, 2023

Operation Clean Sweep, Volunteers Needed

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Be part of the Great American Cleanup and help clean up the City of Lake Wales. Each volunteer will receive a complimentary ticket to Bok Tower Gardens and t-shirt while supplies last. The event takes place on Saturday, April 1 between 8 a.m. to noon. Vol...

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City Administration
Posted on: March 9, 2023

Dump Your Junk, Operation Clean Sweep

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Toss appliances, furniture and construction materials at the Dump Your Junk event on Saturday, April 1 between 8 a.m. to noon. Bring your stuff to one of two dumpster locations. Appliances must be drained of freon or other hazardous chemicals and gasses. ...

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City Administration
Posted on: March 9, 2023

Women's History Month

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The month of March is dedicated to Women's History Month. This year the theme for Women's History Month has been decided as "Celebrating Women Who Tell Our Stories." This theme is designated to recognize women who have been act...

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City Administration
Posted on: March 7, 2023

Lake Wales Envisioned, Dollars and Sense

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This just in! We know how important a thriving economy is to the future of Lake Wales and we are honored to have one of the most influential urbanists of all time, Joe Minicozzi, join us for a webinar as part of Lake Wales Envisioned! Event detai...

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City Administration
Posted on: March 6, 2023

Park Avenue between Wetmore Street and 1st Street is closed through August 2023

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Construction for the Park Avenue and Market Plaza Redesign has begun. Park Avenue between Wetmore Street and 1st Street is closed through August 2023. 
Three parking lots are available to access merchants and the post office located on Park Avenue...
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City Administration
Posted on: March 2, 2023

Lake Wales Envisioned, Save the Dates!

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SAVE THE DATE! Join us at the Lake Wales Envisioned Charrette April 14th-20th.

Throughout the week there will be multiple opportunities to participate. What is your vision for the future of Lake Wales? We need your input and ideas!

More information is avail...

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City Administration
Posted on: March 2, 2023

Lake Wales Envisioned, Kick-Off Day

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How are peer communities balancing growth and development while preserving community character? Plan to attend the Best Practices Symposium as we hear from regional and national leaders in planning, development, and conservation. Check-out the agenda for ...

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City Administration
Posted on: March 1, 2023

Free business class offered by BizLINC

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Calling all entrepreneurs! Learn proven strategies to minimize the tax exposure for the everyday business owner. Join us on Saturday, March 11 between 10 a.m. to noon at the J.P. Austin Community Center, Lake Wales. For more information, call (863) 777-28...

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City Administration
Posted on: February 24, 2023

Curbside Clean-Up

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Curbside Cleanup is scheduled to take place on Saturday, March 25. We appreciate everyone’s patience as Republic Services, the city’s waste collection provider collected waste and debris left behind by the hurricanes.

Place general junk...

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City Administration
Posted on: February 22, 2023

Lake Wales Envisioned, Save the Dates

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SAVE THE DATE! Join us at the Lake Wales Envisioned Charrette April 14th-20th. 

Throughout the week there will multiple opportunities to participate. We need your input. You can shape Lake Wales’ future!

More information is available at:

l...

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City Administration
Posted on: February 22, 2023

Lake Wales Envisioned, Kick-Off Day

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A Best Practices Symposium and Community Meeting will be held at the Bok Tower Auditorium on March 20th to kick-off the planning process for Lake Wales Envisioned!

Admission to Bok Tower Gardens is free for the events and we hope you and your neighbors wil...

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City Administration
Posted on: February 22, 2023

City of Lake Wales receives highest form of recognition in governmental accounting and reporting

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City staff in the finance department received the Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting by the Government Finance Officers Association (GFOA) for its annual comprehensive financial report for the fiscal year ended September 30, ...

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City Administration
Posted on: February 19, 2023

2023 Municipal Election for Commission Seat 3 and Commission Seat 5

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Four candidates qualified for the City’s 2023 Municipal Election for Commission Seat 3 and Commission Seat 5. The election is scheduled on Tuesday, April 4 between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m. Voting locations include the City Administration Building and L...
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City Administration
Posted on: February 17, 2023

Public Meeting Notice: Kiwanis Park Trail Project

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City staff wants to capture your feedback on a newly proposed trail project at Kiwanis Park. Join us at the City Administration Building on Monday, February 27 at 5:30 p.m. The purpose of this meeting is to obtain citizen input and discuss a grant applica...

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City Administration
Posted on: February 17, 2023

Road Advisory: 2023 Mardi Gras Parade on Saturday, February 18

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Select roads will be closed during the 2023 Mardi Gras Parade. See details. 

Note: Parked cars in the downtown area need to be removed from Park Ave., Stuart Ave. and Central Ave. by 1:00 to avoid being blocked in. 

First St. between Park ...

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City Administration
Posted on: February 16, 2023

Black History Month, Recognizing the Austin Family

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In honor of Black History Month, let’s recognize the Austin family and their contributions to the Lake Wales community. James P. Austin Jr. and Jeresa Colvin Austin were regarded as strong pillars of the community. Both were also valued members ...

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City Administration
Posted on: February 16, 2023

Water outage notice: A watermain break occurred on Chalet Suzanne Rd. on February 16

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Water outage notice: A watermain break occurred on Chalet Suzanne Rd. this morning, February 16. Select city utility customers may experience temporary water service interruptions in the following areas: Carlsberg Estates, Dinner Lake and Brookshire. Cont...
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City Administration
Posted on: February 15, 2023

Lake Wales Envisioned, Save the Dates

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SAVE THE DATES! Share your ideas at upcoming Lake Wales Envisioned events! A Community Kick-off and Best Practices Symposium is planned for March 20th; and a multi-day Visioning Charrette will be held April 14th – 20th. We need...

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City Administration
Posted on: February 10, 2023

Lake Wales Envisioned, Website Launch

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Lake Wales Envisioned will guide growth and conservation throughout the city and its surrounding utility service area for decades to come. Your input in this upcoming planning process is essential! All are encouraged to get involved to shape the future of...

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City Administration
Posted on: February 9, 2023

Lake Wales High School Football Team Recognition Day

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WHEREAS, the Head Coach of the Lake Wales High School Football Team is TaVaris Johnson; and

WHEREAS, the Lake Wales High School Football Team had a 2022 season record of 15-0; and

WHEREAS, the Lake Wales High School Football Team are Class 3S State Champion...

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City Administration
Posted on: February 8, 2023

Celebrate Black History Month

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Every American president, since 1976, has proclaimed February to be Black History Month, along with a designated theme. The theme for Black History Month 2023 has been decided to be "Black Resistance." It signifies the historic and ongoing oppre...

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City Administration
Posted on: February 2, 2023

Crystal Lake Park Trail Public Meeting

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City staff held a public meeting with members of the community to gain input on proposed plans for the Crystal Lake Park Trail project. Park planners and consultants from Dover Kohl & Partners, Catalyst Design Group and Chastain Skillman presented var...

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City Administration
Posted on: January 31, 2023

Lake Wales CRA helps seniors with home improvements, 'Lake Wales Connected' plan

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Many seniors living in the northwest neighborhood of Lake Wales received free home improvements. The efforts are part of the Legacy Housing Rehabilitation Program facilitated by the City’s Community Redevelopment Agency (CRA). More than 10 homes...

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City Administration
Posted on: January 24, 2023

Lake Night Cinema featuring "Grease" the movie

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Join us for Lake Night Cinema at Lake Wailes Park, Saturday, January 28th at 5:30 p.m. This free event will feature the movie "Grease." The movie will kick off at sunset. Be sure to bring a comfy seat or blanket and your favorite people. We will...
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City Administration
Posted on: January 19, 2023

City commission proclaimed January 2023 as General Aviation Month

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General Aviation Appreciation Month 

WHEREAS, Lake Wales in the state of Florida has a significant interest in the continued vitality of general aviation, aircraft manufacturing, aviation educational institutions, aviation organizations, and commu...

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City Administration
Posted on: January 13, 2023

The City's Legacy Housing Program offers help to qualified seniors

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Seniors 60 and older, living in the Northwest Neighborhood are encouraged to apply for complimentary home repairs. You may be eligible for free repairs, such as roof repairs, exterior painting, light construction and lawn cleanup.

The Legacy Housing progra...

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City Administration
Posted on: January 13, 2023

Groundbreaking Ceremony: Park Avenue & Market Street Redesign Project

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Members of the community and city staff celebrated the groundbreaking of the Park Avenue & Market Plaza redesign project. Park Avenue between Scenic Highway and Wetmore Street is geared to become a desirable street to explore a variety of eateries and...

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City Administration
Posted on: January 12, 2023

POSTPONED: Planning & Zoning Meeting

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The Planning & Zoning meeting scheduled for Thursday, January 12 at 5:30 p.m. has been postponed. We will update everyone when the new meeting date becomes available. 

The agenda is available at this link: https://www.lakewalesfl.gov/AgendaCen...

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City Administration
Posted on: January 12, 2023

2023 Municipal Elections

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Residents interested in qualifying for city elections may apply between February 13 at 12 p.m. through February 17 at 12 pm. Commission Seat 3 and Commission Seat 5 are up for reelection on Tuesday, April 4. Select the links for details.

Elections details:...

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City Administration
Posted on: January 9, 2023

Public Meeting Notice: Crystal Lake Park Trail

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Public notice: City staff is hosting a public meeting to gain input from the community on the Crystal Lake Park trail project. Park planners and consultants will be in attendance to present scenarios, capture your recommendations and answer questions. The...

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City Administration
Posted on: January 6, 2023

MLK Day Parade

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Join members of the community to celebrate the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. at this year’s MLK Parade on Lincoln Avenue. This free event is scheduled to kick off on Monday, January 16 at 3 p.m. Parade route: https://www.lakewale...
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City Administration
Posted on: January 6, 2023

MLK Celebration Week of Events, Jan. 12 - Jan. 16

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Celebrate the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. at a variety of events hosted by the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Scholarship of Lake Wales Committee. The events start Thursday, Jan. 12 and run through Monday, Jan. 16. Check out the list of even...

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City Administration
Posted on: January 5, 2023

POSTPONED: Planning & Zoning Meeting Notice

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The Planning & Zoning meeting scheduled for Thursday, January 12 at 5:30 p.m. has been postponed. We will update everyone when the new meeting date becomes available. The agenda is available at this link: https://www.lakewalesfl.gov/AgendaCenter/ViewF...

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City Administration
Posted on: January 5, 2023

Lake Wales looks to the future by conserving water through new building requirements.

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City of Lake Wales commission adopted the Florida Water Star? certification program, initiated by the Southwest Florida Water Management District. 

The program requires a builder to obtain an official certificate that validates a newly constructed...

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City Administration
Posted on: January 3, 2023

Free wireless rain sensors for automatic irrigation systems are available to homeowners.

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Free wireless rain sensors for automatic irrigation systems are available to homeowners. Rain sensors prevent your sprinklers from coming on after moderate rainfall.
The estimated savings is around 2,500 gallons per year for every 1,000 square feet of irri...
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City Administration
Posted on: January 3, 2023

Lake Wales Main Street set to hold groundbreaking ceremony, signaling start of revitalization

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Lake Wales Main Street set to hold groundbreaking ceremony, signaling start of revitalization 

City staff plans to kick-off construction on the redesign of Park Avenue and Market Plaza in the downtown historic core. The groundbreaking ceremony is ...

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City Administration
Posted on: December 30, 2022

Free water conservation kits are available to homeowners

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Free water conservation kits are available to homeowners. The kit includes:

  • 1 low-flow shower head
  • 2 standard low-flow sink aerators
  • 1 kitchen sink aerator
  • 2 toilet leak detection tablet packets
  • Installation instructions and water conservation tips

Standard sho...

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City Administration
Posted on: December 28, 2022

Crews started improving select streets within the City

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Crews started improving select streets within the City. Sessoms Avenue, Dr. J.A. Wiltshire Avenue, Johnson Avenue, Bullard Avenue, Briggs Avenue, Miami Street and Sharp Street are undergoing road improvements. Each road is scheduled to be striped with lan...

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City Administration
Posted on: December 21, 2022

Members of the community and city staff recognized Tressa Allen for 24 years of service

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Members of the community and City staff celebrated the retirement of Public Service Director Ms. Tressa Allen. Mayor Jack Hilligoss presented Ms. Allen with a proclamation, recognizing her for 24 years of public service and her commitment to the people of...

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City Administration
Posted on: December 21, 2022

14th Annual Shop with a Cop

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More than 50 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 14th annual Shop with a Cop event was held on Dec. 15 at W...

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City Administration
Posted on: December 20, 2022

2022-23 Budget message from City Manager James Slaton

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It’s a great time to be in Lake Wales!  As the City gears up for 2023, we look forward to a future of progress and sustainability. Our mission is to make Lake Wales better and more beautiful year-after-year.

Our fiscal-year budget for 2022-23 incl...

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City Administration
Posted on: December 14, 2022

Public notice: The removal of select trees without a permit will result in a fine

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Public notice: The removal of select trees without a permit within the city limits of Lake Wales will result in a fine, ranging from $250 to $2,500. There is no fee associated for this type of permit. To request a permit application, please call (863) 676...

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City Administration
Posted on: December 9, 2022

City begins improvements to more than three miles of streets

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The City of Lake Wales Public Works Department is scheduled to start one of many phases in its pavement management program. 

Crews are scheduled to start improving portions of select streets beginning December 14. The streets include: Dr. J.A. Wil...

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City Administration
Posted on: December 8, 2022

Signed construction contract marks a historical event, Park Avenue & Market Plaza revitalization

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City Manager James Slaton and City staff met with Gomez Construction to initiate the construction plans to revitalize the downtown historic core. Park Avenue between Scenic Highway and Wetmore Street is geared to become a desirable street to explore a var...

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City Administration
Posted on: December 7, 2022

Christmas Parade hosted by the Kiwanis Club: December 10 at 6 p.m.

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Join us at the City’s annual Christmas Parade on December 10 at 6 p.m. hosted by the Kiwanis Club. The parade route starts at Lake Wailes Park and runs through downtown on Central Ave., ending at the City Administration Building. This year&r...

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City Administration
Posted on: December 7, 2022

Excessive tree trimming may cause long-term damage.

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Regular tree maintenance helps a tree flourish. It’s best to consult a tree arborist before trimming a tree. Excessive trimming may result in a topped tree, as seen in the image. Losing tree foliage reduces the number of nutrients a tree needs t...
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City Administration
Posted on: December 5, 2022

Curbside Cleanup: Trucks are on the way.

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Republic Services has informed us that extra trucks have been deployed to pick up remining items from this weekend’s Curbside Cleanup. They plan to have most items picked up by Wednesday, 12/7.

City Administration
Posted on: December 5, 2022

Property liens - online self-service tool

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Searching for property liens got a lot easier. The City of Lake Wales has a self-service online resource to process lien search requests. For more information, visit: https://www.lakewalesfl.gov/954/5986/Lien-Search-Request

Note: Each lien search request c...

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City Administration
Posted on: November 30, 2022

Curbside Cleanup, Saturday, December 3, 2022

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Curbside Cleanup is scheduled to take place on Saturday, December 3. We appreciate everyone’s patience as Republic Services, the city’s waste collection provider collected waste and debris left behind by Hurricane Ian.

Place general jun...

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City Administration
Posted on: November 28, 2022

Road Closure: Seminole Avenue near First Street on Nov. 30

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A portion of Seminole Avenue will be closed near First Street on Wednesday, Nov. 30. Utility crews will be working on a water main project. Residents may access Seminole Avenue via Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard. 

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City Administration
Posted on: November 23, 2022

Christmas Cinema with Santa - Lake Wailes Park

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Get your sleigh bells ready! Kids can get their photos taken with Santa and see the movie “The Polar Express.” This free event takes place at the new Park Avenue Connector Trail and Lake Wailes Park on December 17 between 4 p.m. and 8 ...

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City Administration
Posted on: November 18, 2022

City of Lake Wales proclaims Lady Highlander Volleyball Recognition Day, Nov. 15, 2022

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Earlier this week, Mayor Hilligoss presented a proclamation to the Lake Wales High School Volleyball Team. The team ranked #1 in the Region 5A District 6. Lily Weaver, one of the players won the Player of the Year for Region 5A District 6. Lillian Anderso...

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City Administration
Posted on: November 4, 2022

November 8th General Election Polling Locations

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The November 8th General Election is right around the corner. Citizens designated to vote at Precinct 528 have a newly established polling location, the City Administration Building, located at 201 W. Central Avenue, Lake Wales. The J.P. Austin Community ...
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City Administration
Posted on: October 28, 2022

City staff plans to enhance public engagement in the City’s Land Use Study

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City staff plans to enhance public engagement in the City’s Land Use Study, designed to evaluate land areas in the city’s utility service area beyond the city limits in unincorporated Polk County.

City Manager James Slaton said, &ld...

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City Administration
Posted on: October 21, 2022

Place yard debris away from utilities

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As crews continue collecting yard debris, please ensure the debris is away from storm inlets and utilities, such as water meters and cable boxes. Crews cannot see what lies beneath piles of yard debris. The claw on the utility service vehicle is powerful ...

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City Administration
Posted on: October 14, 2022

Weatherization Assistance Program hosted by THAP

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Learn energy saving tips that may save you money on your energy bill. Join us at a free event on Saturday, October 29 between 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the James P. Austin Center. The Tampa Hillsborough Action Plan group (THAP) will be in town to share the ben...

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City Administration
Posted on: October 7, 2022

Curbside Cleanup is rescheduled to take place on Saturday, December 3

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Curbside Cleanup is rescheduled to take place on Saturday, December 3. We appreciate everyone’s patience as Republic Services, the city’s waste collection provider continues collecting waste and debris left behind by Hurricane Ian.

Plac...

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City Administration
Posted on: October 7, 2022

23 new streetlights were recently installed alongside the Park Avenue Connector Trail

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23 new streetlights were recently installed alongside the Park Avenue Connector Trail. The lighting is geared to illuminate the trail at night, making it great for nighttime use. The acorn-shaped LED lights and Victorian-style poles add a vintage charm to...

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City Administration
Posted on: October 6, 2022

Road Advisory: HWY 17/Scenic Highway is closed in both directions at Grove Ave. and Hillcrest Ave.

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HWY 17/Scenic Highway is closed in both directions at Grove Avenue and Hillcrest Avenue. Florida Department of Transportation is assessing the roadway. Please use caution while traveling through this area. The closure is positioned between two steep hills...
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City Administration
Posted on: October 5, 2022

“A” Street will be temporarily closed Wednesday, October 5 to Friday, October 7.

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“A” Street will be temporarily closed Wednesday, October 5 to Friday, October 7. Crews will be working on the enhancements to the northwest watermain.  Local residents may access the street from Dr. J. A. Wiltshire Avenue.&...

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City Administration
Posted on: October 5, 2022

Public Forum: Land Use Study, Thursday, October 27 at 6 P.M.

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The City of Lake Wales is preparing a land use study for the utility service area outside the City limits. Join us at the public forum on Thursday, October 27 at 6 p.m., located at the James Austin Community Center. The project team will present recommend...
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City Administration
Posted on: September 30, 2022

Code Enforcement meeting scheduled for October 10 at 5:30 p.m. is canceled.

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The Code Enforcement meeting scheduled for October 10 at 5:30 p.m. is canceled. 

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City Administration
Posted on: September 30, 2022

The Lake Wales Public Library will be closed Saturday, October 1 due to loss of power

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The Lake Wales Public Library will be closed Saturday, October 1 due to loss of power. We appreciate your patience while crews work to restore the power at the library and other parts of the city. 

City Administration
Posted on: September 30, 2022

Road advisory: Right-turn only at intersection off HWY 27

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Right-turn only for motorists approaching the intersection at Chalet Suzanne Road and Thompson Nursery Road at HWY 27. City staff is working diligently to restore the non-working streetlights. Please allow extra time during your commute.

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City Administration
Posted on: September 28, 2022

Update on Hurricane Ian as of 5 p.m. on Wednesday, September 28

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Update on Hurricane Ian as of 5 p.m. on Wednesday, September 28. The eye of Hurricane Ian was located near latitude 26.9 North, longitude 82.0 West. Ian is moving toward the north-northeast near 8 mph (13 km/h). On the forecast track, the center ...
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City Administration
Posted on: September 28, 2022

Alert Polk: Emergency Notifications

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Lake Wales residents, sign up for Alert Polk online: https://member.everbridge.net/index/892807736724723#/overview

It’s a great resource that communicates emergency notifications, such as tornadoes, hurricanes, mandatory evacuations, boil water o...

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City Administration
Posted on: September 28, 2022

Update on Hurricane Ian as of 5 a.m. on Wednesday, September 28, 2022

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Update on Hurricane Ian as of 5 a.m. on Wednesday, September 28, 2022. The center of Hurricane Ian was located near latitude 25.6 North, longitude 82.9 West. Ian is moving toward the north-northeast near 10 mph.  This general motion with a reduct...

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City Administration
Posted on: September 27, 2022

Update on Hurricane Ian as of 5 p.m. on Tuesday, September 27

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Update on Hurricane Ian as of 5 p.m. on Tuesday, September 27. The center of Hurricane Ian was located near latitude 24.0 North, longitude 83.2 West. Ian is moving toward the north near 10 mph. A turn toward the north-northeast  with a reduction ...

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City Administration
Posted on: September 27, 2022

Waste and recycling temporarily suspended

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The solid waste company for Lake Wales, Republic Services will suspend waste and recycling services on Wednesday, September 28 through Thursday, September 29 due to Hurricane Ian. City staff recommends securing trash and recycling containers. These items ...

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City Administration
Posted on: September 27, 2022

Empty sandbags now available at Lake Wales Fire Department

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MORE SANDBAGS JUST ARRIVED. Step #1: Stop by Lake Wales Fire Department to pick up 10 free empty sandbags. Step #2: Head to the sand pile at Lake Wailes Park to fill your sandbags. You must bring your own shovel. First come, first serve basis. 
Sa...
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City Administration
Posted on: September 27, 2022

'Ramp A' located at the SR 60 and US 27 interchange is open for evacuation purposes

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The northwest ramp (Ramp A) located at the SR 60 and US 27 interchange is open for evacuation purposes. Temporary millings will be placed on the ramp to allow traffic to utilize the ramp. Once the weather event has passed, Ramp A will be closed to allow w...

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City Administration
Posted on: September 27, 2022

Update on Hurricane Ian as of 8 a.m. on Tuesday, September 27

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Update on Hurricane Ian as of 8 a.m. on Tuesday, September 27. The center of Hurricane Ian was located by NOAA Hurricane Hunter aircraft, Cuban and Key West radar data near latitude 22.6 North, longitude 83.6 West. Ian is moving toward the north near 12 m...
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City Administration
Posted on: September 26, 2022

Update on Hurricane Ian as of 5 p.m. on Monday, September 26

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Update on Hurricane Ian as of 5 p.m. on Monday, September 26. The center of Hurricane Ian was located near latitude 20.3 North, longitude 83.2 West. Ian is moving toward the north-northwest near 13 mph (20 km/h). A turn toward the north with a slightly sl...
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City Administration
Posted on: September 26, 2022

Keep yards and streets free of excess yard debris.

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Prior to Hurricane Ian, it's important to keep yards and streets free of excess tree limbs, branches and yard debris. These items may become projectiles during the storm. Please do not cut back trees or do major yard work prior to  the h...

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City Administration
Posted on: September 26, 2022

Canceled meeting notice: Commission Meeting Workshop

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The commission meeting workshop scheduled for Wednesday, September 28 at 2 p.m. is canceled due to Hurricane Ian.

City Administration
Posted on: September 26, 2022

City offices and public buildings closed Sept. 28 through Sept. 29

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City offices and public buildings will be closed due to Hurricane Ian, starting Wednesday, September 28 through Thursday, September 29. City staff will be monitoring the storm and release updates on the City's website and social media platforms. ...

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City Administration
Posted on: September 26, 2022

Canceled meeting notice: Planning & Zoning

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The planning and zoning meeting scheduled for Tuesday, September 27 is cancelled. The meeting will be rescheduled at a later date. 
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City Administration
Posted on: September 26, 2022

Public forum postponed due to Hurricane Ian: Public forum for the Land Use Study

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POSTPONED DUE TO HURRICANE IAN. The public forum for the Land Use Study will be rescheduled at later date.

City Administration
Posted on: September 26, 2022

Update on Hurricane Ian as of 8 a.m. on September 26, 2022

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Update on Hurricane Ian as of 8 a.m. on September 26, 2022. The center of Hurricane Ian was located near latitude 18.7 North, longitude 82.4 West. Ian is moving toward the northwest near 14 mph. A turn toward the north-northwest is expected later today, f...

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City Administration
Posted on: September 25, 2022

Update on Tropical Storm Ian as of 5 p.m. on September 25, 2022

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The center of Tropical Storm Ian was located near latitude 16.2 North, longitude 80.3 West. Ian is moving toward the west-northwest near 12 mph. A turn toward the  northwest is expected tonight, followed by a north-northwestward motion on Monday ...

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City Administration
Posted on: September 25, 2022

Update on Tropical Storm Ian as of 8 a.m. on September 25, 2022

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Update on Tropical Storm Ian as of September 25 at 8 a.m. The center of Tropical Storm Ian was located near latitude 15.0 North, longitude 79.4 West. Ian is moving toward the west-northwest near 12 mph (19 km/h). A turn toward the northwest at a similar f...

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City Administration
Posted on: September 24, 2022

Update on Tropical Storm Ian as of 8 a.m. on September 24, 2022

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Polk County Emergency Management Emergency Operation Center update on Tropical Storm Ian as of 8 a.m. on September 24, 2022. The center of Tropical Storm Ian was located near latitude 14.2 North, longitude 74.5 West. Ian is moving toward the west-southwes...

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City Administration
Posted on: September 23, 2022

Self-service sandbag site now open

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Self-service sandbag site now open. Step #1: Stop by Lake Wales Fire Department to pick up 10 free empty sandbags. Step #2: Head to the sand pile at Lake Wailes Park to fill your sandbags. You must bring your own shovel. First come, first serve basis.

Sand...

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City Administration
Posted on: September 22, 2022

Road Advisory: First Street and Crystal Avenue

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Portions of First Street and Central Avenue will be closed Thursday, September 29 starting at 5 P.M. for the Lake Wales High School Homecoming Parade. Please allow extra time during your commute. 

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City Administration
Posted on: September 21, 2022

Public workshop: Land Use Study, Monday, September 26 at 6 p.m.

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The City of Lake Wales is preparing a land use study for the utility service area outside the City limits. Join us at the public forum on Monday, September 26 at 6 p.m., located at the James Austin Community Center. The project team will present ...
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City Administration
Posted on: September 20, 2022

Road Closure

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A water main break has caused road closures near Sessoms Avenue and Wetmore Street. Please allow extra time during your commute.  

City Administration
Posted on: September 13, 2022

City partners with Keystone Challenge Fund and SouthState Bank to expand affordable housing

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City Staff and members of the community celebrated the groundbreaking of two additional houses that are part of the affordable housing program facilitated by the Lake Wales Community Redevelopment Agency (CRA). The two houses will be built next to one ano...

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City Administration
Posted on: September 9, 2022

Upcoming Roadway Closure: A Street

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A Street between Lincoln Ave. and Dr. J.A. Wiltshire Ave. will be closed on Monday, September 12. A larger water main is being installed to enhance the northwest neighborhood. 
“As the area continues to grow, the new water main will supp...
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City Administration
Posted on: August 26, 2022

City staff and members of the community celebrated the 40-year career of Library Director Tina Peak

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City staff and members of the community celebrated the 40-year career of Library Director Tina Peak at the Lake Wales Library. A retirement party was held this week to honor Peak’s distinguished career with the City. 

Peak’s pa...

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City Administration
Posted on: August 26, 2022

City’s restaurant incentive program serves up more dining options to residents

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Two new restaurants are headed to the historic core of Lake Wales. “Smokin’ DJ’s” is set to open on First Street this winter. “Whadda-Wings” is scheduled to begin construction on Lincoln Avenue t...

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City Administration
Posted on: August 16, 2022

Business Tax Receipt renewals are due by September 30

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It's time for City of Lake Wales’ business owners to renew their Business Tax Receipt.

Business Tax Receipts are due and payable on or before September 30th of each year beginning July 1st of each year, and expire on September 30th of th...

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City Administration
Posted on: August 15, 2022

City adopts state’s broadened regulations for a home-based business, House Bill 403

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City of Lake Wales commission approved revisions to the City’s code of ordnances to broaden rules and regulations for a home-based business. The updates reflect statewide regulations set forth by Governor Ron DeSantis in House Bill 403.

The revis...

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City Administration
Posted on: August 15, 2022

Certified redevelopment professionals provide affordable housing options to homebuyers

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Congratulations to CRA Project Manager Darrell Starling and CRA Specialist Cheryl Baksh for becoming certified redevelopment professionals. Both Darrell and Cheryl work behind the scenes of the Lake Wales Community Redevelopment Agency. ...

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City Administration
Posted on: August 15, 2022

Road advisory: US 27 northbound will be closed at the SR 60 bridge and US 27 southbound at Central

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The US 27 at SR 60 project will have an upcoming roadway closure beginning Friday, September 16, at 11 p.m. through Monday, September 19, at 5 a.m.

US 27 northbound will be closed at the SR 60 bridge and US 27 southbound at Central Avenue, to set beams for...

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City Administration
Posted on: August 8, 2022

Memorial Service for K-9 Officer Max

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The Lake Wales Police Department, our law enforcement families, and the community will bid a final goodbye to K-9 Officer Max at 10:00 a.m. on Tuesday, August 9 at HighPoint Church, 4025 N. Scenic Highway, Lake Wales. Law enforcement honors will take plac...

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City Administration
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).
Derrick Blue, Chief ...
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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.

FDOT...

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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.

Guest speakers ...

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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.

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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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City Administration

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