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Winter Park / Maitland Observer Thursday, Jun. 16, 2016 4 years ago

Winter Park City Talk

by: Randy Knight Staff Writer


The city of Winter Park continues to pray for the victims of the tragedy that happened in Orlando this past weekend. We stand side-by-side with our friends and neighbors in Orlando and are here to help as we all continue to recover from this heartbreaking event.

In the front lawn of City Hall, 102 U.S. flags stand tall honoring the 49 lives lost and 53 injured. There is still a critical need for certain types of blood donations. Please visit or call 1-888-9Donate to find your nearest donation center. ‪#OrlandoUnited ‬‬‬‬‬‬

June 13 City Commission meeting highlights

Mayor’s Report

• The 2016 Best of Show artwork from the Winter Park Sidewalk Art Festival was presented to the city for permanent display at the Winter Park Public Library.

• A presentation was given by I-4 Ultimate representatives who encouraged the public to stay informed about the construction projects at

• June 15 was proclaimed Patrick Chapin Day for his years of service to our community and city. The city thanked Chapin for his leadership and wished him well at Highpoint, N.C., in his new adventures and opportunities.

• The Auditor Selection Board was approved.

• The board appointment for the Keep Winter Park Beautiful & Sustainable Advisory Board was approved.

Consent Agenda

• The minutes for May 9, 2016, were approved.

• The purchases, contracts and formal solicitations were approved (for a complete listing visit

• The Interlocal Aid Agreement for fire protection and rescue services between the city and the city of Orlando was approved; and the Memorandum of Understanding between the city of Winter Park Fire-Rescue Department and the Orlando Fire Department for special operations response and training was approved.

Public Hearings

• The second reading of the ordinance to make modifications to the Police Pension Ordinance was approved.

• The second reading of the ordinance vacating and abandoning utility easements for Lots 7 and 8 of Sevilla Subdivision was approved.

• The second reading of the ordinance repealing and replacing Chapter 58, Article V, Division 3, Flood Plain Regulations was approved.

• The second reading of the ordinance to make revisions to Section 58, Article VIII, Historic Preservation was approved.

• The first reading of the ordinance abandoning a portion of Via Palermo right of way while retaining a utility easement over the entire area and also retaining a 5-foot-wide ingress/egress easement aligning with existing easement to the north was approved.

• The first reading of the ordinance regarding the solid waste franchise with Waste Pro of Florida Inc. was approved.

• The request of Phil Kean Designs regarding redevelopment of the property at 652 W. Morse Blvd., was tabled until Monday, June 27.

• The request of Mr. Robert Moore for properties at 463, 465 and 455 W. Lyman Ave., and 326 and 354 Hannibal Square was withdrawn by the applicant.

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

Remember, if you are unable to attend City Commission meetings, you can watch them live by logging on to

Visioning almost complete!

The city has had a successful Vision Winter Park process that has reached more than 1,000 people in a variety of ways, including an online presence since July 2015 and community forums. A draft document of this process can be found at The city is expected to deliver its final report to the City Commission Monday, July 11. It will include the proposed themes, vision statement strategies and visual ideas for the city’s major corridors. This collective information can then be used to set the tone for updates to the city’s Comprehensive Plan. If you would like to provide your feedback, please make plans to attend.

Comprehensive Plan review process

Currently, the city is updating its Comprehensive Plan (Comp Plan) which is the document that governs the city’s plans for growth through policies that guide development. Contained in the Comp Plan are elements that describe what structures can be built where and how we get from place to place. It protects our environment making sure we have water, sewer, garbage services and good drainage. In addition, the Comp Plan ensures we have places we can play and enjoy, how the city budgets for big projects, as well as works with other governmental entities.

Before the plan is transmitted to the state’s Department of Economic Opportunity, there will be a thorough public process to review each element that will involve the input and analysis of city staff, advisory boards and residents.

The city will offer a variety of opportunities for public participation at advisory board meetings, special public workshops and City Commission meetings. All dates, locations and times will be posted on the Comp Plan page of the city website at Information can also be emailed to those who sign up for the Comp Plan email subscription at Please sign up to stay updated on how to participate and get involved in this process.

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