A new municipal complex and fire station opened in the year 2000, bringing much needed space and modern facilities to the city. The municipal building houses the major city departments in one central location which enables staff to better serve citizens. The city commission chamber is state-of-the-art with commission meetings televised via the local cable company. Architectural style of the new buildings carry out the city's motto of "Progressive Vision, Vintage Charm" and underscore the goal to enhance the quality of life for citizens by improving and upgrading the infrastructure.

Continuing with the goal to enhance quality of life is the city's program to completely renovate old school property at the Hardman Recreational Complex. A restored gymnasium is in use and work is beginning on adjacent property under a $900,000-plus project which will add to the extensive recreational program of the city.

Construction is underway on the city's 164-acre Longleaf Business Park on U.S. Highway 27 South. There was substantial increased activity in housing development, business and industrial development during 2000. Fueling facilities at the municipal airport have brought it to a competitive level. The facility is home to the world-renowned sky diving center.

Lake Wales city services include the police and fire departments, community services, leisure services, utilities administration and billing, public services, building permits and inspections, development services, special projects, economic development, purchasing and contracts administration, city clerk, the museum, the library, the cemetery and the airport. The municipal center is located at 201 W. Central Avenue and staff can be reached at 863-678-4182.

A city manager is responsible for the operation of the city and works closely with the five-member city commission. The mayor is elected annually from among the commission members.

There is ample opportunity for citizens to be involved in the city's boards, commissions and committees. These range from planning and zoning to community redevelopment. Call the city clerk’s office at 863-678-4191 to obtain a list of requirements and a meeting schedule. Or for more information about the city, visit their web site at


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