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Maitland City Talk

Congratulations to the Volunteers of the Year

Congratulations to the Volunteers of the Year

Mayor Dale McDonald recognized Volunteers of the Year Lila McHenry and Todd Deery on Tuesday, February 21, 2017, during a volunteer appreciation event.

McHenry served on the Community Redevelopment Agency Board from 2008 through 2016. Deery, a lifelong Maitland resident, was recognized for his service on the Parks and Recreation Advisory Board and the Transportation Advisory Board.

Spotlight on Trails 2 & 2A

In this guest column, Trails 2, 2A, and 2B grab the limelight. Trails 2, 2A, and 2B wind around beautiful Lake Sybelia and connect bicyclists and pedestrians to Sybelia Point Park, Lake Sybelia Elementary, Art & History Museums-Maitland, Quinn Strong Park, the Senior Center, local houses of worship, the Maitland Public Library, and the Audubon Birds of Prey. Trail 2 connects to Trail 17 on Packwood Avenue. Trail 17 that connects City Hall, the future Independence Park, and Maitland City Centre to Lake Lily Park and Lake Avenue. The Maitland Civic Center/Venue on the Lake is a stop on Trail 17 as well as other gathering spots such as Antonio's. Additionally, residents in the Lake Sybelia area can use Trail 2 to connect to Trail 3 and the pedestrian bridge over U.S. 17-92 to access the Maitland Community Park and Dommerich Estates neighborhood. Visit the links below to learn more about the food and drink establishments in Downtown Maitland nestled on U.S. 17-92 between Packwood and Lake Avenue along Trail 17. To see the trails on a map, please visit

New additions to the open portal

The Community Development Department has worked hard to scan and upload documents to the open portal. The open portal on the city’s website provides access to historical documents, minutes, and other items of interest. The open portal now includes construction drawings between the years of 1987 and 2016. In addition, permits going as far back as 1981 also are available for review in the open portal. Visit and click on the “Open Portal” button.

Maitland Fire Department welcomes new addition to fleet

A crowd of residents and fire rescue personnel from throughout Central Florida attended Monday’s ceremonial service at Station 47 to “wash down” and “push in” Tower 47, the Maitland Fire-Rescue Department’s new aerial platform apparatus truck. A “wash down” and "push-in" ceremony is a tradition that stems from the very early days of the fire service when fire departments used hand-drawn and horse-drawn equipment. Since horses could not easily push equipment into the stations after returning from fire calls, firefighters had to back in the gear by pushing it into the bays. In the modern era, vehicles are ceremonially pushed into fire station bays upon going into service for the first time to pay homage to the traditions and duties of those early firefighters.

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