The room at the Lake Wales City Commission meeting last week got a little restless when Nick Smith spoke on behalf of the Historic Society and the Depot Museum, telling commissioners that if they did not allow the museum to sell two of its rail cars to raise money to keep the Depot open, then the Depot would be forced to sell all assets, and the city would be left “with an empty shell.”
Reid Hardman, son of Depot director Mimi Hardman, says that his mother’s 40-year commitment to document “our collective history speaks for itself. Through the Depot Museum and the Historic Society she has demonstrated such great care in preserving the story of Lake Wales and advocating for its contemporary relevance. Any suggestion to liquidate the Historic Society’s assets should not be taken seriously. Everyone knows this is nonsense.”
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