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Winter Park / Maitland Observer Wednesday, Oct. 26, 2011 6 years ago

Winter Park City Talk

by: Randy Knight Staff Writer

Oct. 24 City Commission meeting highlights

There was a city commission meeting held Oct. 24 at 3:30 p.m. in City Hall Commission Chambers at 401 Park Ave. South. Below are highlights of the decisions that were made.

• Mayor’s report

  • A presentation of the meaning behind City Hall Commission Chambers flags was made by members of the Lakemont Elementary fifth grade student council

  • The week of Oct. 24 was proclaimed “Week of the Family.”

  • A $40,000 check was presented to the city commission from the Friends of Fleet Peeples Park to assist in the construction of ADA compliant restrooms at Fleet Peeples Park.

• Consent agenda

  • The minutes of the Oct. 10 meeting were approved with modifications.

  • The various purchases and contracts were approved (for a complete list of purchases and agreements, please access the Commission Agenda Packet at > Government > City Commission > Agenda Packets).

  • The use of up to $25,000 of Fiscal Year 2012 budgeted Parks & Recreation Department improvement funds was approved to improve the golf-bag storage area of the Starter’s House to provide insulated/air conditioned space.

• Action items requiring discussion

  • The official City of Winter Park flag was adopted.

  • The discussion regarding the exchange agreement for the state office building property was postponed to the Nov. 14 city commission meeting.

  • State legislative priorities were presented and approved.

• Public hearings

  • Requests of the City of Winter Park to revise the public notice requirements for citywide notices to streamline the zoning approval process:

♣ The first reading of the ordinance revising the application and approval procedures for zoning amendments and conditional uses, revising the submittal requirements for conditional uses and the extension or re-establishment of conditional uses was approved with an amendment.

♣ The first reading of the ordinance adopting new public notice and adoption procedures for amendments to the comprehensive plan, goals, objectives and policies document, and substituting for the current amendment procedures was approved.

  • The request for a 10-year conditional use extension for Mr. Felix Furst for the project at 170 South Knowles Ave. was approved.

  • The request of Winter Park Investors LLC on behalf of WAWA Inc. for conditional use approval to construct a convenience store and drive-in gas/fuel sales at 901 and 911 North Orlando Ave. was approved.

  • The second reading of the ordinance vacating and abandoning an existing utility easement located at 1500 Summerland Ave. was approved.

A full copy of the Oct. 24 commission minutes will be available on the city’s official website at the week of Nov. 14, pending approval by the commission.

Pumpkins & Munchkins in Shady Park

The Parks & Recreation Department of the City of Winter Park will present Pumpkins & Munchkins in Shady Park on Monday, Oct, 31, from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., in Shady Park, adjacent to the Winter Park Community Center located at 721 W. New England Ave.

Munchkins of all ages are invited to attend this free family-friendly event. Fun-filled activities will include games, bounce houses, a costume contest, trick or treat trail and safe Halloween fun for everyone. If inclement weather tries to dampen the evening, the event will be moved into the new state-of-the-art, LEED-certified Winter Park Community Center.

For more information regarding Pumpkins & Munchkins in Shady Park, please call 407-599-3275.

Operation Gratitude remembers soldiers this Halloween season

The Winter Park Fire-Rescue Department is once again supporting “Operation Gratitude,” a program designed to collect candy and gifts for American servicemen and women who are currently deployed in the hostile and remote regions of Iraq and Afghanistan.

Residents of the community are encouraged to drop off candy and letters of appreciation between now and Saturday, Nov. 12, to one of the following Winter Park locations:

• Station 61 > 343 W. Canton Ave.

• Station 62 > 300 S. Lakemont Ave.

• Station 64 > 1439 Howell Branch Road

• City Hall > 401 Park Ave. South

• Winter Park Public Library > 460 E. New England Ave.

The collected items will be shipped to American service members in order to lift morale and put smiles on the faces of our soldiers, sailors, airmen and women and marines deployed overseas.

Since 2009, local event organizer 15-year-old resident Andrew Weinstock has collected more than 5,000 pounds of Halloween candy in support of “Operation Gratitude.” Last year, he collected 4,000 pounds of candy and his goal this year is to collect 5,000 pounds (2.5 tons) with the help of the local community. Collected items will be packed at the Weinstock family home so they can be shipped to American servicemen and women.

“Operation Gratitude” is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, volunteer-based corporation, funded entirely by private donations. For safety and security, the assembling of all packages occurs at the Army National Guard Armory in Van Nuys, Calif. For more information regarding “Operation Gratitude,” please call 407-454-0878, email or visit

Kid's Trick or Treat on Park Avenue

On Saturday, Oct. 29, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., children are invited to dress in their costumes and trick-or-treat at the participating merchants on Park Avenue.

For more information please call 407-644-8281 or visit

Calling all veterans!

On Friday, Nov. 11, at 11 a.m., the City of Winter Park, in partnership with the Winter Park Ministerial Alliance and Winter Park Chamber of Commerce, will be presenting its inaugural Veterans Day Celebration, “Honoring Winter Park Heroes.” This event will be held in honor of all of the veterans of Winter Park at the Winter Park Community Center Ruby Ball Amphitheatre at 721 W. New England Ave.

Calling all veterans that have served in any military conflict (World War II, Korean War, Vietnam War, Desert Storm, Iraqi Freedom or Afghanistan) or have served in any military branch in honor of our nation’s freedom. The city is holding this event to pay tribute to your dedicated service to our country.

Beginning at 10 a.m., attendees can gather information from a variety of organizations and services that offer resources specifically for veteran needs such as the Department of Veterans Affairs, Orlando VA Medical Center, Disabled American Veterans, Veterans of Foreign Wars, American Legion and more. At 11 a.m., the official program will begin with musical tributes, anecdotal speakers and recognition of veterans according to the various military branches and world conflicts served.

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