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Winter Park / Maitland Observer Wednesday, Mar. 1, 2017 2 years ago

Winter Park City Talk

Park Avenue closed for St. Patrick's Day Parade
by: Randy Knight Staff Writer

Feb. 27 City Commission meeting highlights

Mayor’s Report

• The city was presented the 2017 Healthy Weight Community Champion by Dr. Sherin, health officer and director of the Florida Department of Health.

City Manager’s Report

• ACi Architects was approved for a continuing contract for Professional Architectural Services.

Consent Agenda

• The minutes for Feb. 13, 2017, were approved.

• The interlocal agreement with the Community Redevelopment Agency regarding the Denning Drive Improvement Project was approved.

Action Items Requiring Discussion

• The Canvassing Board for the Tuesday, March 14, 2017, election was approved.

Public Hearings

• The second reading of the ordinance vacating and abandoning utility easements in Blocks A-H and L, M, O & P, and portion abutting Lots 1-6 and Lots 16-20, Block K of Home Acres subdivision was approved.

• The second reading of the ordinance establishing the Golf Course Advisory Board and reducing the members on the Public Art Advisory Board was approved.

• The second reading of the ordinance amending Chapter 102-182, City Code, with respect to penalties for unauthorized discharges into waterways and other violations of Chapter 102, City Code of Ordinances; providing for fines as provided in the city’s fee schedule and; providing for enforcement via the Code Compliance Board for repeated or continuous violations, was approved.

• Request of Z Development Services:

  • The Conditional Use approval to build a 1,435-square-foot Dunkin Donuts store with a drive-thru on the vacant property at 370 Blue Heron Drive on the northeast corner of Fairbanks Avenue and Blue Heron Drive, and providing for a development agreement, if required, was approved.

• Request of Deshpande, Inc.:

  • The preliminary subdivision plat approval to create 31 new residential single family lots from the current properties of 613/621/629 Ellen Drive and 503/511/519/524/525/532/600/601/604/618/619/624 Country Club Drive, was approved.

• Request of Rollins College:

  • The first reading of the ordinance to amend Article III, “Zoning Regulations,” to change the text of the Commercial Zoning District to add a new conditional use to include “Facility Operations and Skilled Trade Shops” when serving a university or college, was approved.

  • The first reading of the ordinance to amend the “Comprehensive Plan” Future Land Use Map to change from a Low Density Residential Future Land Use Designation to a Commercial Future Land Use Designation on 875 square feet of the northwest corner of 483 Holt Ave., was approved.

  • The first reading of the ordinance to amend the Official Zoning Map to change from Low Density Residential District zoning to Commercial District zoning on 875 square feet of the northwest corner of 483 Holt Ave., was approved.

  • The Conditional Use approval to construct a two-story, 17,410-square-foot building on the vacant properties at 501 Holt Ave. and 450 W. Fairbanks Ave., to hold the facilities operations and skilled trade shops of Rollins College, providing for certain exceptions and for a development agreement, if required, was approved with conditions.

• The first reading of the ordinance authorizing the conveyance of the city-owned property located at 2600 Lee Road, was approved.

• The resolution establishing its intent to reimburse certain capital expenditures incurred in connection with the acquisition and construction of a library and events center, and related improvements with proceeds of a future tax-exempt financing was approved.

A full copy of the Feb. 27 City Commission minutes will be available at the week of March 13, pending approval by the City Commission.

Park Avenue closed for St. Patrick’s Day Parade

The 39th annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade will make its way down Park Avenue Sunday, March 5, beginning at 2 p.m. Park Avenue will be closed to traffic from Webster to Comstock avenues from noon until 4 p.m. Side streets will also be closed at the Park Avenue intersections along the parade route beginning at 1:30 p.m. In addition, New York Avenue will be closed at 11 a.m. between Canton and Webster avenues for parade staging.

Please make note of these road closures prior to traveling around downtown Winter Park Sunday, March 5. Thank you in advance for your cooperation and continued support of Winter Park’s community events.

Group bike ride & gathering

In support of March as Florida Bicycle Month and in celebration of “Bike to Work Day,” Winter Park’s Transportation Advisory Board, in partnership with Healthy Central Florida, presents a “Bike to Work Day” Group Bike Ride & Gathering, Wednesday, March 8. Rain date in the event of inclement weather will be Thursday, March 9. Riders are encouraged to ride their bike to work, or bring it for the group ride through beautiful Winter Park. Check in begins at 3:30 p.m. and riders should meet on Garfield Avenue directly behind the main stage in Central Park. The group ride, for those 18 years of age and up, will begin at 4 p.m. The after gathering will begin at 5 p.m. at Park Social located at 358 N. Park Ave. Free bike valet service will be available near the main stage in Central Park for secure bike parking from 3:30 to 8 p.m.

The first 200 registered riders will receive a free event T-shirt and the organization with the most riders will win a prize package including a half-page advertisement in the Winter Park Maitland Observer, catered breakfast for up to 30 people, a FitBit Flex 2, water bottles, T-shirts and pedometers, courtesy of Healthy Central Florida.

Millions of Americans engage in bicycling because it is a viable form of transportation, an excellent form of fitness, and provides quality family recreation. Investing in road improvements such as bicycle lanes, routes, off-road trails and parking to enable safe access for all users are all ways the city encourages bicycling. The Group Bike Ride & Gathering is an additional way to encourage and promote alternate forms of transportation as well as health.

For more information and/or registration visit If you have questions contact [email protected] or 407-599-3411.

Vote on March 14

The General Election is scheduled for Tuesday, March 14, 2017. Voters will be asked to vote on the following items:

City Commission Seat 1

Greg Seidel (incumbent) OR Wes Naylor

Proposed City Charter Amendment Article III, Section 3.04

official ballot language

Shall the City of Winter Park amend Article III, Section 3.04 of its Charter, as provided in Ordinance No.3056-16, to eliminate primary elections for selection of candidates for City Commissioner and Mayor and instead provide for a run-off election between the two candidates receiving the most votes for a seat if no candidate for such seat receives a majority of the vote in the general election?

Yes __ No __

Basic facts about the charter amendment

Section 3.04 of the City Charter provides for and requires a primary election for the selection of candidates for the offices of City Commissioner and Mayor, when more than two candidates qualify, to be held on the second Tuesday in February, prior to the city’s general election.

The City Commission finds that it is in the best interests of the residents of Winter Park that Section 3.04 of the City Charter be amended to eliminate primary elections for candidates for City Commissioner and Mayor and instead provide for a run-off election to be held after the city’s general election, on the second Tuesday in April, if no candidate for a particular seat receives a majority of the vote in the general election.

The City of Winter Park is currently the only city in Orange County that holds a primary election.

More municipal election information:, 407-599-3277 or [email protected]

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