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Winter Park / Maitland Observer Thursday, Nov. 24, 2016 3 years ago

Winter Park City Talk

Holiday ice rink is open!
by: Randy Knight Staff Writer

Nov. 28 City Commission meeting

There will be a City Commission meeting at 3:30 p.m. Monday, Nov. 28 in the City Hall Commission Chambers located at 401 S. Park Ave. For the most up-to-date agenda, please visit under What’s New. Below are a few topics of interest:

Mayor’s Report

• Board appointment - Police Officers’ Pension Board

Consent Agenda

• Approve the minutes for Nov. 14, 2016.

Action Items Requiring Discussion

• State Legislative priorities

Public Hearings

a. Ordinance - Amending the adopted budget and accompanying the Five Year Capital Improvement Plan for FY 2015-2016. (2)

b. Ordinance - Repealing and replacing Chapter 82, Solid Waste, Article I, in General and Article II, Municipal Collection and Disposal Service. (2)

c. Ordinance - Proposing an amendment to the City Charter eliminating Primary elections for candidates for City Commission and Mayor, and providing for run-off elections; submitting proposed Charter amendment to a vote by the electors of Winter Park via referendum at the General City Election to be held Thursday, March 14, 2017; providing for amendment of Chapter 42 of the City Code regarding city elections if the Charter amendment is adopted. (2)

d. Request of the Westminster Winter Park Towers:

Conditional use approval to build a new Lifelong Learning Center Building addition of 16,650 square feet at 1111 S. Lakemont Ave. zoned R-4, and providing for an amendment of the existing development agreement.

e. Request of Z Properties Group:

Subdivision or lot split approval to divide the property at 200 Oakwood Way into two single family building lots.

f. Request of NPI WP Real Estate Holdings LLC:

Subdivision approval to divide the property at 1693 Lee Road, zoned Office (O-1), into two office building lots and to establish building setbacks so that the site can be further developed with a second 9,900-square-foot office building in addition to the existing 9,560-square-foot medical office in order to allow fee simple ownership of the two office building pads and common ownership of parking, drives and other infrastructure.

g. Request of the City of Winter Park:

  • Ordinance - To amend the "Comprehensive Plan” Future Land Use Map from an Institutional Future Land Use designation to a Low Density Residential Future Land Use designation on the vacant “Blake Yard” property at 301 W. Comstock Ave. (1)

  • Ordinance - To amend the Official Zoning Map from Public, Quasi-Public (PQP) District zoning to Low Density Residential (R-2) District zoning on the vacant “Blake Yard” property at 301 W. Comstock Ave. (1)

h. Request of W F G Ltd.:

  • To amend the "Comprehensive Plan” Future Land Use Map to change from Low Density Residential to Commercial Future Land Use Designation on the vacant property fronting on Symonds Avenue (Former 620/630 Symonds). (1)

  • To amend the official zoning map to change from Low Density Residential (R-2) District zoning to Commercial (C-3) District zoning on the vacant property fronting on Symonds Avenue (Former 620/630 Symonds). (1)

  • Conditional Use Approval to construct a three-story building of approximately 70,000 square feet in size to include a proposed hotel of approximately 120 rooms, a 4,000-square-foot restaurant, 4,900 square feet of meeting space, a swimming pool amenity, and landscaped gardens utilizing the existing 3-level parking garage and providing for certain exceptions, and the approval of a Developers Agreement, if required.

Non-Action Items

a. Financial Report – September 2016

b. Comprehensive Plan Elements discussion at City Commission discretion.

Remember, if you are unable to attend City Commission meetings, you can watch them live, gavel to gavel, as they happen. During the meeting, simply log on to to easily stay tuned-in to official city business.

Holiday ice rink is open!

Work off those extra holiday calories between now and Sunday, Jan. 8 at “Winter in the Park,” the city’s annual holiday ice skating rink, presented by the Community Redevelopment Agency. The rink is located in Central Park West Meadow at 150 N. New York Ave., on the corner of New York Avenue and Morse Boulevard. Snowflakes of all ages and skill levels are invited to chill out at “Winter in the Park” during the following hours:

• Monday thru Thursday, 3 to 9 p.m.

• Friday, 3 to 10 p.m.

• Saturday, 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.

• Sunday, Noon to 8 p.m.

See website for extended school holiday hours.

Snow angels are invited to skate all day for only $12 per skater (skate rental included). For a blizzard of 20 or more people, cool group discounts are available. If you are interested in bringing your whole igloo to celebrate birthdays, special events, private parties or corporate holiday gatherings, the rink is available for rental opportunities. Advance reservations are required for private party and group events to avoid an avalanche of skaters.

Holiday movies, music, games, and so much more will flurry around as you enjoy “Winter in the Park.” For more information, including the event calendar with movie dates and titles, please visit or call 407-599-3202.

Holiday Pops in Central Park

The City of Winter Park and the Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra invite you to celebrate the spirit of the holiday season at their annual Holiday Pops concert Sunday, Nov. 27, at

4 p.m., in charming Central Park. A Musical Holiday – Orlando Philharmonic Jazz Orchestra is a free public concert and is made possible by the Charlotte Julia Hollander Trust. Bring a blanket and picnic for a concert program that has become a family tradition in central Florida.

Michael Andrew will lead the Philharmonic in a beautiful program of holiday favorites for all ages. Highlights will include instrumentals such as “Jingle Bells,” “Boogie Woogie Santa Clause,” and “Sleigh Ride,” as well as vocal selections including “Happy Holiday,” “I’ll Be Home For Christmas,” “I’ve Got My Love to Keep Me Warm,” and “Cool Yule,” featuring soloist Suzie Park.

In the spirit of the season, audience members are encouraged to bring non-perishable, canned or dry food items to help restock the pantries at Second Harvest Food Bank of Central Florida. Over the past 12 years, the orchestra has helped collect over 5,000 pounds of food for families in central Florida.

For more information regarding the Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra or this special performance, please call 407-770-0071 or visit

City to host comprehensive plan CoffeeTalk

Since July, the city has held over 30 public meetings soliciting input from city boards, residents, and interested community members to review and provide feedback on the elements of the adopted 2009 Comprehensive Plan. At the City Commission’s request, the city will be hosting an additional meeting, a Comprehensive Plan CoffeeTalk, Monday, Dec. 5, from 8 to 10 a.m., at the Winter Park Welcome Center located at 151 W. Lyman Ave.

CoffeeTalks are traditionally informal meetings for the public to attend and speak to city leaders in a casual setting to “espresso their thoughts.” This specific CoffeeTalk will be a similar format, however, will focus on questions related to the Comprehensive Plan exclusively. City staff will begin the CoffeeTalk with a brief presentation and the remaining time will be open for questions and answers.

On Monday, Dec. 12, the City Commission is scheduled to hold the first reading of the proposed Comprehensive Plan with the goal to approve the transmittal of the plan to the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity (DEO) that evening. If approved, city staff will transmit the plan to DEO Thursday, Dec. 22, with an expected response back no later than Monday, March 6, 2017.

City staff has tentatively scheduled the second reading of the Comprehensive Plan for the City Commission to consider adoption in April 2017.

For more information regarding the proposed Comprehensive Plan elements, the adoption process timeline, drafts and revisions, please visit

Park Avenue closed at various times for holiday events

Park Avenue will be closed on various dates and times for several community events. Please make note of the following road closures prior to traveling around downtown Winter Park Thursday, Dec. 1, through Saturday, Dec. 3.

Thursday, Dec. 1

38th Annual Christmas in the Park

Park Avenue will be closed to through traffic between Canton Avenue and Morse Boulevard, from 3 to 9:30 p.m.

Friday, Dec. 2

“Winter on the Avenue” featuring the Annual Holiday Tree Lighting Ceremony and Popcorn Flicks

The following roads will close to through traffic at 3 p.m.:

  • Park Avenue between Canton and Lyman avenues

  • New England Avenue between Park Avenue and Center Street

  • Morse Boulevard between New York and Knowles avenues

  • Center Street between Welbourne Avenue and Morse Boulevard

The road closures will remain in effect throughout the evening and will reopen at the conclusion of the Christmas parade the following day.

Saturday, Dec. 3

64th Annual “Ye Olde Hometown Christmas Parade”

Park Avenue will remain closed to through traffic from the prior evening’s events and will reopen at the conclusion of the Annual Christmas Parade.

The following roads will close also at 6 a.m.:

  • Park Avenue between Webster and Comstock avenues

  • Side streets at the Park Avenue intersections along the parade route

  • New York Avenue between Canton and Webster avenues

Thank you in advance for your cooperation and continued support of Winter Park’s community events. The City of Winter Park wishes everyone a very safe and happy holiday season.

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