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Winter Park / Maitland Observer Wednesday, Jun. 29, 2011 6 years ago

Winter Park City Talk



There was a City Commission meeting held on June 27 at 3:30 p.m. in City Hall Commission Chambers. Below are a few highlights of decisions made:


• A proclamation declaring the month of July as Parks and Recreation Month was presented.

• The new summer 2011 Webisode featuring the city’s history, produced in partnership with Full Sail University’s SPARK program, was presented and will be posted on the homepage of the city’s website.

• The nominations for the remaining open board appointments were confirmed.


• The minutes of the June 13 meeting were approved with a section to be reviewed at the next meeting.

• The Winter in the Park Holiday Ice Rink contract with Magic Ice USA was approved.

• The budget adjustment to smooth funding of the police and fire pension plans was approved.

• The police department’s strategic plan was approved as presented.

• City staff was authorized to continue Community Conversations electronically via a city blog, e-mail and electronic survey.

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


• The Request of Backworks, Inc. (Quasi-judicial proceeding):

• The second reading of the ordinance amending the official zoning map to change the existing zoning of Parking Lot (PL) District to Office (O-2) District at 1605 West Fairbanks Avenue was approved.

• Request of Rollins College (Quasi-judicial proceeding):

• The request to amend their conditional-use approval to continue the use of the Osceola Lodge and Bigelow House properties at 231 N. Interlachen Ave. and 230 N. Knowles Ave., zoned R-2/R-3 for the Winter Park Institute, a Rollins College Educational Program for visiting scholars, was approved.

• Request of Rollins College (Quasi-judicial proceeding):

• The conditional-use approval to renovate and expand the Bush Science Center Building on the campus of Rollins College at 1000 Holt Ave. zoned PQP was approved.

• The second reading of the ordinance authorizing lease purchase agreement not to exceed $1.75 million for the acquisition of Trane Air Conditioning and Lighting System was approved.

• The resolution regarding the lease purchase agreement with Trane Air Conditioning and Lighting system was approved.

A full copy of the June 27 City Commission minutes will be available on the city’s official Web site at the week of July 11, pending approval by the City Commission.


On Flag Day, the city invited the community to participate in designing the city’s official flag. Unlike hundreds of cities throughout the country, the city of Winter Park does not currently have a city flag that flies in its honor. That is why it is inviting you to design the city flag and be a part of the city’s distinct history.

All entries must be submitted by 11:59 p.m. on Monday, July 4. For official rules, please visit the city’s website at and look under What’s New.


The city of Winter Park will present its 16th annual Olde Fashioned 4th of July Celebration on Monday, July 4, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., in Central Park. Mayor Ken Bradley and city commissioners will lead a special presentation at 11 a.m. from the main stage to honor the recent listing of the downtown historic district on the National Register of Historic Places. Wear your red, white and blue, pack a picnic lunch or buy a hot dog lunch from hot dog vendors at the park, bring a blanket or beach chair, and gather with family and friends to enjoy this Winter Park tradition.

The annual celebration will feature live patriotic music performed by the Bach Festival Brass Band and the Bach Festival Choir, horse-drawn wagon rides, the Orlando Cloggers, the Rockin’ Roadster Road Show and much more! Children’s activities will include the annual bicycle parade at 9 a.m. from City Hall to Central Park, as well as fun games and inflatables. Families and friends are also invited to stroll along Park Avenue and Hannibal Square to shop and dine at the wide selection of shops and eateries.

In addition, The Charles Hosmer Morse Museum of American Art will present their Independence Day Open House. The museum, which is home to the world’s most comprehensive collection of work by American artist Louis Comfort Tiffany, will provide free admission to its galleries from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. The Winter Park Historical Museum, located in the farmers’ market at 200 W. New England Ave., will also be open free to all visitors from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. in celebration of the downtown historic district’s recent listing on the National Register of Historic Places. They will be serving complimentary old-fashioned lemonade to all visitors.


Please note that City Hall will be closed on Monday, July 4, in observance of Independence Day. City offices will re-open at 8 a.m. on Tuesday, July 5. The city of Winter Park wishes everyone a safe and happy Fourth of July holiday.


Household garbage, recycling and yard trash collection services will not be provided on Independence Day, Monday, July 4. Normal services will resume on the next regularly scheduled collection day.


Keep Winter Park Beautiful (KWPB) is calling for nominations for four distinctive awards recognizing businesses and residents that have acted to beautify Winter Park in the past year.

For additional information regarding the KWPB Award Program, please call 407-599-3364 or visit

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